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PROPOSED CONSTITUTION 



DIGEST OF REVISED CANONS 



FOR T n E GOVERNMENT OF T 1 1 E 



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CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 



R-E P O R T E D TO T H E 



ADJOURNED CONVENTION OF BISHOPS, CLERGYMEN AND LAYMEN OF 

SAID CHURCH, HELD IN CHRIST CHURCH, COLUMBIA, S. C, 

IN OCTOBER, 1861. 



COLUMBIA, S. C: 

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1861. 




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At a meeting of Bishops, Clergymen and Laymen of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the Confederate States, held at Montgomery, Alabama, in July, 1861, it was 

Resolved, 1. That the secession of the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South 
Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Ten- 
nessee from the United States, and the formation by them of a new Government ealled 
the Confederate States of America, render it necessary and expedient that the Dio- 
ceses within those States should form among themselves an independent organization. 

RcsoliV'l, '-■ That as preliminary to the organization declared necessary in the fore- 
going Resolution, a Committee of three Bishops, three Presbyters, and three Laymen, 
be appointed by the Convention to prepare and report to an adjourned meeting of this 
Convention, to be held at Columbia, S. C, on the third Wednesday in October next, a 
Constitution and Canons, under which such an organization may be effected. 

On this Committee were elected by ballot Bishops Elliott, Green and Rutledge, Rev'd 
Dr. Barnard, Rev'd Messrs. P. Trapier and R. N. Pierce, Hon. R. F. W. Allston, A. W. 
Ellerbe, Esq., and Hon. Geo. S. Guyon. 

Messrs. Barnard, Ellerbe and Guyon being unable to attend, the Rev'd* Mr. Crane, 
and Messrs. Philip Williams and Richard H. Smith were appointed in their stead. 

The Committee prepared accordingly a Proposed Constitution which, on being laid 
before an adjourned Convention from the Church in all the Confederate States, held in 
Columbia, S. C, in October last, was adopted, as hereinafter printed. 

The committee presented also the subsequent Digest of Canons; and the Convention 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Constitution and Revised Canons be instructed 
to print, in pamphlet, the said Constitution and Canons, and to send to the Secretary of 
each Diocesan Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church now in the Confederate 
States, or which may be so before the first meeting of the General Council, two copies 
of the pamphlet fof each Clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church in said Diocese. 

The present pamphlet is accordingly put forth for the consideration of the several 
Diocesan Conventions, in order to final action at the next General Council, proposed to 
be held in Augusta, Ga., in November, 1862. 

By order of the Committee. 

PAUL TRAPIER, Secretary. 
Camden, S. C, December, 1861. 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



TAGf. 

THE CONSTITUTION 1 



DIGEST OF CANONS 7 

TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations 9 

TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers 

AND THEIR DUTIES 22 

TITLE III.— Of Discipline l\ 

TITLE IV. — Of Organized Bodies and Officers 

of the Church 58 

TITLE V. — Miscellaneous Provisions 61 



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DIGEST OF THE CANONS. 

PAGE 

TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations 9 

CANON I. — Of Ecclesiastical Authority 9 

Canon II. — Of the Admission of Persons as Candidates for 

Deacons' Orders 9 

$ 1. Notice of Intention 9 

I 2. Certificate 9 

§3. Admission and Record 10 

I 4. Refusal to admit 10 

I 5. Application by a Minister of any Denomination 10 

§ 6. By one not a citizen 11 

And to Officiate in a Foreign Language 11 

CANON III. — Of admitted Candidates for Deacons' Orders 12 

g 1. Supervision of Candidates 12 

§ 2. Habit of Devotion 12 

j} 3. Lay Readers 12 

# 4. Transfer to other Dioceses 13 

2*5. Cause of Transfer 13 

CANON IV. — General Provisions and Requisites for Ordination 13 

^ 1. Previous application, and notice of rejection 13 

$ 2. Age for Ordination 13 

jj 3. Candidates from Vacant Dioceses 13 

g 4. To Officiate beyond the Confederate States 13 

\ 5. Times of Ordination 14 

CANON V. — Examinations and Testimonials for Deacons' Orders 

and Ordination 14 

§1. Examination 14 

ji 2. Period of Candidateship, and Testimonials from Standing Com- 
mittee 14 

g 3. Testimonials to Standing Committee, and from a Presbyter 15 

§4. Substitute Testimonials 15 

§5. Candidates from other Denominations 15 

# 6. Candidates from other Countries 16 



X TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

TITLE I. — Op Candidateship and Ordinations (Continued). 

PAGE 

Canon VI. — Of Deacons 16 

§ 1. Control of Deacons 16 

# 2. Conditions of Officiating 16 

I 3. Transfer 17 

CANON VII. — Ordination to the Priesthood 17 

'iji 1. Deacon proceeding to Priests' Orders 17 

g 2. Examinations 17 

$3. Dispensations 17 

#4. Where there is no Bishop 18 

ij/ 5. Testimonials 18 

$ 6. Substitute Testimonials 19 

Canon VIII. — Of the Admission of Ministers Ordained by Bishops 

not in Communion to ith this Church 19 

Canon IX. — Of Ministers Ordained in Foreign Countries by 

Bishops not in Communion with this Church 20 

TITLE II. — General Regulations op Ministers, and their 

Duties 22 

Canon I. — The Consent necessary for Officiating 22 

# 1. In case of Ministers 22 

#2. In case of Lay Readers 22 

Canon II. — General Regulations of Ministers 22 

g 1. Election 22 

And Institution 23 

£ 2. Certificate to Minister removing from one Diocese to another.... 23 

§3. Alms at Communion 23 

$ 4. Duty of Ministers about Confirmations, and about the state of 

the Congregation 23 

And for the Diocesan Council , 24 

#5. Parish Register, and List of Families 24 

$ 6. Officiating of Ministers in the Cures of others 24 

Parish Boundaries 24 

Neglect of Ministers to Officiate 24 

# 7. Clerical Residence 25 

Letters Dimissory 25 

Reception 25 

Letters Dimissory, when not required 25 

# S. A Minister when settled 26 

Canon III. — Of Bishops 26 

jj 1. Election of Bishop 26 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. xi 

TITLE II. — General Regulations op Ministers, &c. {Continued). 
Canon III. — Of Bishops (Continued). 

PAGE 

$ 2. Process for Consecration 26 

Testimony from Diocesan Council 26 

And from Standing Committees 27 

Consent of Bishops 27 

Place of Consecration 27 

1 3. Age 27 

§ 4. Assistant Bishop , 27 

No Suffragans 28 

# 5. Episcopal Visitations 28 

And Residence 28 

£ 6. Bishops absent for a time 28 

% 7. Forms of Prayer and Thanksgiving for extraordinary occasions 28 

$ 8. Episcopal Acts in Vacant Dioceses 29 

j? 9. Domestic Missionary Bishops 29 

Modo and Evidence of Election 29 

Jurisdiction 29 

Vacancy 29 

Discipline 29 

Seat in House of Bishops 30 

Eligible as Diocesan 30 

May appoint Standing Committee , 30 

Report to General Council 30 

$ 10. Foreign Missionary Bishops 30 

Evidence of Election 30 

Jurisdiction 30 

Mode of Trying such Bishop 31 

May Ordain, with what Testimonials, Dispensations, and Re- 
strictions 31 

Jurisdiction over Resident Clergymen 32 

Standing Committee 32 

Trials of Ministers 32 

By what Court 32 

Sentence 33 

Report to General Council 33 

2 11. Election of Missionary Bishop as Diocesan 33 

Diocese without a Bishop placed under charge of another 

Bishop 33 

No other Bishop to Officiate there during such charge 33 

§12. Episcopal Resignations 34 

House of Bishops to accept or refuse 34 

If during recess of General Council 34 

Resigned Bishop eligible to Diocese, under what restrictions 35 

Bishops without Charge subject to General Council 35 

Case of Suspended Bishop resigning 35 



Xli TABLE OP CONTENTS. 

TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers, &c. {Continued). 

PAGE 

CANON IV. — Of a List of the Ministers of tJiis Church 36 

jS 1. Secretary of House of Deputies to keep a Register 36 

g 2. Admission of Ministers to be notified 36 

CANON V. — Of the Mode of Securing an Accurate View of the 

state of the Church 36 

§ 1. Statement in Parochial Reports 36 

Clergymen not settled to report service 36 

# 2. Bishop's Address 37 

§ 3. Committee on the state of the Church 37 

Pastoral Letter 37 

$4. Duty of Diocesan Secretaries 37 

g 5. Condensed Report from each Diocese 37 

CANON VI. — Of the mode of publishing Authorized Editions of the 

Standard Bible of this Church 38 

CANON VII. — Of publishing Editions of the Book of Common 

Prayer 38 

CANON VIII. — Of Parochial Instruction 39 

CANON IX. — Of the Use of the Booh of Common Prayer 39 

§ 1. Use enjoined 39 

Discretion allowed 39 

#2. Special Services 40 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. X1U 

PAGE 

TITLE III.— Op Discipline 41 

Canon I. — Of Amenability and Offences for which a Minister may 

be Tried and Punished 41 

§ 1. To whom Ministers amenable 41 

$2. Punishable Offences 41 

§ 3. Liability of Clergymen presenting for Ordination 41 

§4. Proceeding on public rumour 41 

Canon II. — Of a Clergyman in one Diocese or Missionary District 

chargeable with Misdemeanour in another 42 

§ 1. Offence committed in a different Diocese 42 

§2. Bishop may admonish, &c 42 

g 3. Case of Clergymen Ordained in Foreign Countries 43 

CANON III. — Of Renunciation of the Ministry 43 

§ 1. Where no proceeding is pending 43 

§2. Suspension of action 43 

§3. Where liability to Presentment 43 

J 4. Notice of Deposition 44 

CANON IV. — Of the Abandonment of the Communion of this Church 

by a Presbyter or Deacon 44 

$ 1. Abandonment without Renunciation 44 

Certificate 44 

Notice 44 

§2. Deposition 44 

Proviso 44 

CANON V. — Of a Clergyman absenting himself from his Diocese.... 45 

CANON VI. — Of the Abandonment of the Communion of the Church 

by a Bishop 45 

Canon VII.— Of the Trial of a Bishop 46 

§ 1. Offences 46 

§2. Charges in writing 46 

Action on rumours 46 

Lay Advocate 47 

^3. Charges to whom delivered 47 

§ 4. Board of Inquiry 47 

How constituted 47 

Notice to Members 48 

Place of Meeting 48 

Copy of Charges 48 

Organization 48 

Sittings Private 48 



XIV TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

TITLE III.— Op Discipline (Continued). 

Canon VII. — Of the Trial of a Bishop (Continued). 

§ 4. — (Continued). 

PAGE 

Duty of the Board 4S 

Law of Evidence 48 

Presentment 48 

To whom to be sent 48 

Refusal to Present 49 

Bar to future Presentment 49 

Exception 49 

Limitation of Time 49 

g 5. Notices on Presentment 49 

To Accused 49 

And to Church Advocate 49 

Formation of Court 49 

Notice to Members of Court 50 

Summons to Accused and to Witnesses 60 

j} 6. Course of proceeding 50 

President and Clerk 50 

Non-Appearance of Accused 51 

Common Law the rule 51 

Declaration of Witness 51 

Deposition of Witnesses 51 

Commissary 52 

Cross-Examination 52 

Service of Notices, Papers and Certificate 52 

Accused may have Counsel 52 

AVho must be Communicants 53 

Opinion of Court 53 

Decision 53 

Accused to be heard 53 

New Trial 53 

Sentence 53 

Record 54 

Exceptions 54 

How kept and attested 54 

Lay Advisers 54 

# 7. Presentment for Erroneous Doctrine 54 

To whom addressed 55 

Court 55 

g 8. Charges against Missionary Bishop 55 

And Bishop without Jurisdiction 55 

CANON VIII. — Of Sentences 55 

§1. Suspension 55 

\ 2. Degradation 55 

No restoration 50 

Notice i. 5G 



TABLE OP CONTENTS. XV 

TITLE III. — Of Discipline {Continued). 



PAGE 



Canon IX. — Of Remission or Modification of Judicial Sentences... 56 

When, and by how many 56 

CANON X. — Regulations respecting the Laity 56 

3 1. Removal of Communicants 56 

§ 2. Minister repelling from Communion to inform the Bishop 57 

Who to inquire on complaint 57 



TITLE IV. — Of tiie Organized Bodies and Officers of the 

Church 5S 

Canon I. — Of the General Council 58 

§1. Special Meeting 5S 

By whom to be called 58 

Where 5S 

Deputies 58 

I 2. Registrar 58 

His Duties 58 

To keep all Papers 59 

And records of Consecrations 59 

(3 3. Notice to Diocesan Councils 59 

$ 4. Treasurer 59 

jj 5. Expenses of General Council 59 

CANON II. — Of Standing Committees -.GO 

g 1. Duties and Officers GO 

# 2. Council of Advice to Bishop CO 

Canon III. — Of Congregations and Parishes 60 

Not to unite with Church in another Diocese 60 



XVI TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

PAGE 

TITLE V. — Miscellaneous Provisions 61 

Canon I. — Of Repealed Canons 61 

Repeal of repeal not re-enact 61 

Canon II. — Of Repeal, Amendment and Enactment of New Canons. 61 

Form of altering Canons 61 

Changes to be certified by whom 61 



CONSTITUTION 



Article I. This Church, retaining the name " Protestant Epis- 
copal," shall be known as the "Protestant Episcopal Church 
in the Confederate States of America." 

Article II. There shall be in this Church a General Council. 
There may be also Provincial Councils and Diocesan Councils. 

Article III. The General Council of this Church shall meet 
on the second Wednesday in November, in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, at Augusta, Georgia, and 
on the same day in every third year thereafter, at such place as 
shall be determined by the Council. 

In case there shall be an epidemic disease, or other good cause to 
render it necessary to alter the place appointed for such meeting, 
the Presiding Bishop may designate another convenient place for 
the holding of such Council, and special meetings may be called at 
other times, in the manner hereafter to be determined. 

The General Council shall consist of two Houses — the House of 
Bishops and the House of Deputies. 

The House of Bishops shall be composed of all the Bishops of 
this Church having jurisdiction within the Confederate States, or 
the Territories thereof. 

Each Diocese shall be entitled to an equal representation, cleri- 
cal and lay, in the House of Deputies. Such representation shall 
consist of not more than three Clergymen, and three Laymen com- 
municants in this Church, resident in the Diocese, and elected by 
the Council thereof. 

Before they shall proceed to business, a majority of the Dioceses, 
which shall have adopted this Constitution, shall be represented iu 
the Council. The representations from two Dioceses shall be suf- 
ficient to adjourn. 

In all business of the Council freedom of debate shall be allowed. 

Each House shall have a right to originate acts ; and, when any 
act shall have been passed in either House, it shall be transmitted 
to the other House for its consideration. No act shall have the 



N;unr. 



Councils. 



General 
Council. 



i '< INSTITUTION. 



Constitution, operation of law, unless concurred in and authenticated by both 
Y Houses. 

When any proposed act shall have passed the House of Deputies, 
and shall be negatived by the House of Bishops, the House of 
Bishops shall, when requested by the House of Deputies, signify to 
it in writing the reasons for non-concurrence, within three days 
after such request shall have been made. 

In all questions, when required by the clerical or lay representa- 
tion from any Diocese, each order shall have one vote, and the 
majority of suffrages by Dioceses shall be conclusive in each order : 
Provided such majority comprehend a majority of the Dioceses 
represented in that order. The concurrence of both orders shall be 
necessary in such case to constitute a vote of the House. 

If any Diocese should omit or decline to elect clerical Deputies 
to the General Council, or should omit or decline to elect lay 
Deputies, or if any of those of either order elected should fail to 
attend, such Diocese shall, nevertheless, be considered as duly rep- 
resented by such Deputy or Deputies as may attend, whether lay 
or clerical. And if, through the neglect of any Diocese, which 
shall have adopted this Constitution, no Deputy therefrom, either 
lay or clerical, should attend the Council, the Church in such 
Diocese shall, nevertheless, be bound by the acts of such Council. 

Article IV. Whenever any one of the Confederate States shall 
contain more than one Diocese, said State may, with the consent of 
all the Dioceses in said State, constitute an Ecclesiastical Province, 
in which a Provincial Council may be held at least once in every 
Provincial three years, which Provincial Council shall be made up of all the 
Bishops having jurisdiction within the Province, and of such rep- 
resentatives, clerical and lay, from the Dioceses within the Province, 
as may be determined upon by the Diocesan Councils thereof. If 
there be more than one Bishop within the Province, the senior 
Bishop by consecration shall preside in the Provincial Council, and 
when there shall be three, or more than three Bishops, they shall 
form a separate House. 

Whenever such Council shall legislate, its acts shall be of force 
within all the Dioceses embraced within the Province. 

Article V. There shall be held annually, in each Diocese, a 
Diocesan Council, to be composed of the Bishop or Bishops of the 
Diocese, and of a lay and clerical representation from each Parish of 
the Diocese. This Council shall legislate for only Diocesan purposes. 



Province. 



Council. 



Diocesan 
Councils. 



CONSTITUTION . 3 

Article VI. The Bishop or Bishops in each Diocese shall be Constitution. 
chosen by the Council of that Diocese, agreeably to such rules as it v "~"~~y^~-~ / 
may prescribe ; and every Bishop of this Church shall confine the Bishops. 
exercise of his Episcopal Office to his proper Diocese, unless 
requested to perform any act of that Office by the Ecclesiastical 
Authority of another Diocese. 

Article VII. A new Diocese, formed in any of the Confederate New Dioceses. 
States, or in any Territory thereof, not now represented, may, at 
any time hereafter, be admitted to union with, and representation 
in, the General Council of this Church, on acceding to this Consti- 
tution : Provided there were, at the time of organizing, and are, at 
the time of making application for admission, at least six officiating 
Presbyters within such Diocese, regularly settled in a Parish or 
Church. 

A new Diocese may be formed within the limits of any existing 
Diocese, with the consent of its Council and the Bishop or Bishops 
thereof, or, if there be no Bishop, of the Ecclesiastical Authority 
thereof j and a new Diocese may be formed within the limits of two 
or more Dioceses, with the like consent. But no such new Diocese 
shall be formed, which shall contain less than ten self-supporting 
Parishes, or less than ten Presbyters who have been for at least one 
year canonic-ally resident within the bounds of such new Diocese, 
regularly settled in a Parish or Congregation, and qualified to vote 
for a Bishop ; nor shall such new Diocese be formed if thereby any 
existing Diocese shall be so reduced as to contain less than fifteen 
self-supporting Parishes, or less than fifteen Presbyters who have 
been residing therein, and settled and qualified as above-mentioned: 
Provided, that no city shall form more than one Diocese. 

In case a Diocese shall be divided into two or more Dioceses, the 
Diocesan of the Diocese so divided may elect the Diocese over 
which he will preside, and shall become the Diocesan thereof. And 
the Assistant Bishop, if there be one, may elect the Diocese to 
which he will be attached ; and, if it be not the one elected by the 
Bishop, he shall be the Diocesan thereof. 

Article VIII. The mode of trying Bishops shall be provided Trials 
by the General Council. The court appointed for that purpose shall 
be composed of Bishops only. 

In every Diocese, the mode of trying Presbyters and Deacons 
shall be prescribed by the Council of the Diocese. 



Constitution. 



Ordinations. 



CONSTITUTION. 

None but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of admonition, sus- 
pension or degradation from the ministry, on any Clergyman, 
whether Bishop, Presbyter or Deacon. 

Article IX. No person shall be admitted to Holy Orders, until 
he shall have been examined by the Bishop and by two Presbyters, 
and shall have exhibited such testimonials and other requisites as 
the Canons in that case provided may direct. 

Nor shall any person be ordained either Deacon or Priest, until 
he shall have subscribed the following declaration, viz : 

"I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the 
Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation ; and I do 
solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrines and Worship of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America." 

No person ordained by a foreign Bishop shall be permitted to 
officiate as a Minister of this Church, until he shall have complied 
with the Canon or Canons in such case provided, and have also 
subscribed the aforesaid declaration. 

Prayer-Book. Article X. A Book of Common Prayer, Administration of the 
Sacraments and other Bites and Ceremonies of the Church, Articles 
of Beligion, and a form and manner of making, ordaining and con- 
secrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, when established by the 
General Council, shall be used in those Dioceses which shall have 
adopted this Constitution. No alteration or addition shall be made 
in the Book of Common Prayer, or other offices of the Church, or 
the Articles of Religion, unless the same shall be proposed in one 
General Council, and by a resolution thereof made known to the 
Council of every Diocese, approved by a majority of the Diocesan 
Councils, and adopted at the subsequent General Council. 
Bishops for Article XL Bishops for foreign countries may, on due applica- 

fcries. " ti° n therefrom, be consecrated, with the approbation of a majority 

of the Bishops of this Church, signified in writing to the Presiding 
Bishop ; he thereupon taking order for the same, and they being 
satisfied that the person designated for the office has been duly 
chosen and is properly qualified. 

The Order for such Consecration shall be conformed, as nearly as 
may be, in the judgment of the Bishops, to the one used in this 
Church. 

Bishops, so consecrated, shall not be eligible to the office of Dio- 
cesan, or Assistant Bishop, in any Diocese in the Confederate States, 



CONSTITUTION. :' 

nor be entitled to a seat in the House of Bishops, nor exercise any Constitution, 
authority in the said States. 

Article XII. Any alteration in this Constitution shall be origi- 
nated in the General Council. When adopted in one General 
Council by a majority of the House of Bishops and by a majority 
of the House of Deputies, said Deputies voting by Dioceses and 
orders, such alteration shall be made known to the several Diocesan 
Councils, and, if agreed to by two-thirds of them, and ratified in 
the ensuing General Council, the same shall be a part of this Con- 
stitution. 




DIGEST OF THE CANONS. 



TITLE I. 
OF CANDIDATESHIP AND ORDINATIONS. 



CANON I. 

OF ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITY. 

The Eccclesiastical Authority of each Diocese shall be its Bishop. Eeclesiasti- 
When there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee is the Ecclesi- cal Authority. 
astical Authority for all purposes declared in these Canons. 



CANON II. 



OF THE ADMISSION OF PERSONS AS CANDIDATES FOR DEACONS' 

ORDERS. 

§ 1. Every person, who desires to become a candidate for Holy Notice of in- 
Orders in this Church, shall, in the first instance, give notice of tention. 
that desire to the Ecclesiastical Authority to whose jurisdiction he 
belongs; in which notice he shall declare whether he has ever 
applied for admission as a candidate in any other Diocese. The 
Bishop, or other Ecclesiastical Authority, may consent to his apply- 
ing in some other Diocese. 

§ 2. The notice above required having been given to the Bishop, 
and the Bishop having signified his approbation in writing, the 
person so applying shall send the said certificate in a letter ad- certificate, 
dressed by him to the President or Secretary of the Standing Com- 
mittee of the Diocese of the said Bishop; whereupon the Standing 
2 



10 



TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations. 



Admission 
and Record. 



Canon II. Committee may, if they see fit, testify in his hehalf to the Bishop, 
v -~"v~-'' that, from personal knowledge, or from testimonials laid before them, 
they believe that he is pious, sober and honest, attached to the 
doctrine, discipline and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
a communicant of the same, and in their opinion possesses such 
qualifications as will render him apt and meet to exercise the 
ministry to the glory of God, and the edifying of the Church ; and 
if the Standing Committee cannot certify as above from personal 
knowledge, the testimonials laid before them by the applicant shall 
be of the same purport, and as full, as the certificate above required, 
and shall be signed by at least one Presbyter and four respectable 
laymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate 
States. 

§ 3. The applicant shall transmit the certificate of the Standing- 
Committee to the Bishop, who may thereupon admit the person as 
a candidate for Holy Orders, and shall record the same in a book 
to be kept by him for that purpose, and shall notify the candidate 
of such record. In any Diocese where there is no Bishop, the 
Standing Committee may, on the same conditions, admit the person 
as a candidate, and shall make record and notification in the same 
manner. 

§ 4. No person who has previously applied for admission as a 
candidate in any Diocese, and has been refused admission, or, 
having been admitted, has afterwards ceased to be a candidate, 
shall be admitted as a candidate in any other Diocese, until he shall 
have produced from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the former 
Diocese a certificate declaring the cause for which he was refused 
admission, or for which he ceased to be a candidate. 
Application § 5. [1.] When a person, who, not having bad Episcopal Ordina- 
of any denom- tion, has been acknowledged as an ordained minister or licentiate in 
any denomination of Christians, shall desire to be ordained in this 
Church, he shall give notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical Authority 
of the Diocese in which he resides; or, if he reside in a State or 
Territory in which there is no organized Diccese, to the Missionary 
Bishop within whose jurisdiction he resides; which notice shall be 
accompanied by a written certificate from at least two Presbyters of 
this Church, stating that, from personal knowledge of the person, or 
satisfactory evidence laid before them, they believe that his desire 
to leave the denomination to which he belonged has not arisen from 
any circumstance unfavorable to his moral or religious character, or 



Refusal to 
admit. 



ination. 
Notice 



Certificate. 



TITLE I. — Of Candidaieship and Ordinations. 11 

on account of which it may be inexpedient to admit him to the Canon II. 
exercise of the ministry in this Church; and they may also add V" - ^ 

what they know or believe, on good authority, of the circumstances 
leading to the said desire. 

[2.] If the Ecclesiastical Authority shall think proper to proceed, 
the person applying to be received as a candidate shall produce to 
the Standing Committee a testimonial from at least twelve members 
of the denomination from which he comes, or twelve members of Testimonial 
the Protestant Episcopal Church, or twelve persons in part of the pe^ons^and 
denomination from which he comes and in part Episcopalians, satis- two Presby- 
factory to the Committee, that the applicant has, for three years last 
past, lived piously, soberly and honestly; and also a testimonial 
from at least two Presbyters of this Church, that they believe him 
to be pious, sober and honest, and sincerely attached to the doctrine, 
discipline and worship of the Church. The Standing Committee, 
being satisfied on these points, may recommend him to the Eccle- 
siastical Authority, to be received as a candidate for Orders in this 
Church. 

§ 6. When a person, not a citizen of the Confederate States, who snek app ii_ 

has been acknowledged as an ordained minister in any denomination cat,ou h y one 
ni • ■ i not a citizen. 

or Christians, shall apply to become a candidate for Orders in this 
Church, the Bishop to whom application is made shall require of 
him (in addition to the above qualifications) satisfactory evidence 
that he has resided at least one year in the Confederate States, 
previous to his application. 

When a person, not a citizen of the Confederate States, who has And to offiei- 
been acknowledged as an ordained minister in any denomination of , ate in a forei S n 

_,. . . , language. 

Christians, shall apply for Orders in this Church on the ground of 
a call to a Church in which divine service is celebrated in a foreign 
language, the Standing Committee of the Diocese to which such 
Church belongs, may, on sufficient evidence of fitness according to 
the Canons, and by a unanimous vote at a meeting duly convened, 
recommend him to the Bishop for Orders, and the Bishop may then 
ordain him, and he may be settled, and instituted into the said 
Church, without his producing a testimonial to his character by a 
clergyman from his personal knowledge of him for one year, and 
without his having been a year resident in this country, anything in 
any other Canon of this Church to the contrary notwithstanding: 
Provided, that, in both of the above cases, the person applying pro- 
duce a certificate, signed by at least four respectable members of this 



12 TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordination*. 

Canon III. Church, that they have satisfactory reasons to believe the testimoni- 
v ""~"v~~" als to his religious, moral and literary qualifications to be entitled 
to full credit. 



CANON III. 

OF ADMITTED CANDIDATES FOR DEACONS' ORDERS. 

§ 1. The Bishop, or other Ecclesiastical Authority who may have 
Supervision the superintendence of candidates for Deacons' Orders, shall take 
of Candidates. care ^ a ^ they pursue their studies diligently and under proper 
direction, and that they do not indulge in any vain or trifling con- 
duct, or in any amusements most likely to be abused to licentious- 
ness, or unfavorable to that seriousness, and to those pious and 
studious habits, which become those who are preparing for the Holy 
Ministry. 
Habit of de- § 2. It is also to be made known to every candidate, that the 
Church expects of him, what never can be brought to the test of 
any outward standard — an inward fear and worship of Almighty 
God, a love of religion, and a sensibility to its holy influences, a 
habit of devout affection, and, in short, a cultivation of all those 
graces which are called in Scripture, the fruits of the Spirit, and 
by which alone His sacred influences can be manifested. 
Lay Readers. § 3. No candidate for Deacons' Orders shall take upon himself 
to perform the service of the Church but by a license from the 
Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, from the clerical members of the 
Standing Committee, of the Diocese in which such candidate may 
wish to perform the service. And such candidate shall submit to 
all the regulations which the Bishop, or said clerical members, may 
Restrictions, prescribe. He shall not use the absolution or benediction ; he shall 
not assume the dress appropriate to clergymen ministering in the 
congregation; he shall conform to the directions of the Bishop, or 
said clerical members, as to the sermons or homilies to be read; nor 
shall any such Lay Reader deliver sermons of his own composition, 
but, with the permission of the Bishop of the Diocese in which he 
is a candidate, may make addresses or exhortations to such congre- 
gations as may be formed outside of established parishes. 

§ 4. A candidate for Deacons' Orders may, on letters dimissory 



TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations. 13 

from the Bishop or Standing Committee of the Diocese to which he Canon III. 

belongs, be transferred to the jurisdiction of any Bishop in this Y 

Church; and if there be a Bishop of the Diocese where the candi- other Dioceses. 

date resides, he shall apply to no other Bishop for ordination 

without the permission of the former. 

& 5. No candidate shall change his canonical residence but for „ Cause of 
_ . . . Transfer, 

causes sufficient in the judgment of the Ecclesiastical Authority; 

nor shall any candidate be dismissed from the Diocese in which he 
was admitted, or to which he has been duly transferred, for the con- 
venience of attending any theological or other seminary. 



CANON IV. 

GENERAL PROVISIONS AND REQUISITES FOR ORDINATION. 

§ 1. No Bishop shall ordain any candidate until he has enquired Previous ap- 
of him whether he has ever, directly or indirectly, applied for Holy 
Orders in any other Diocese; and, if the Bishop has reason to 
believe that the candidate has been refused Holy Orders in any 
other Diocese, he shall write to the Ecclesiastical Authority of such 
Diocese to know whether any just cause exists why the candidate 
should not be ordained. When any Bishop rejects an application Notice of re- 
fer Holy Orders, he shall immediately give notice to the Ecclesi- 
astical Authority of every Diocese. 

§ 2. Deacons' Orders shall not be conferred on any person until Age for Or- 

he shall be twenty-one years old, nor Priests' Orders until he shall 

be twenty- four years old. 

§ 3. Every candidate for Holy Orders who may be recommended Candidates 
1 . . . -i-i-j' fr° m vacant 

by the Standing Committee of any Diocese destitute of a Bishop, if Dioceses. 

he have resided for the greater part of three years last past within 

the Diocese of a Bishop, shall apply to such Bishop for ordination. 

And such candidate shall produce the usual testimonials, as well 

from the Committee of the Diocese in which he has resided, as 

from the Committee of the Diocese for which he is to be ordained. 

§ 4. No Bishop of this Church shall ordain any person to officiate Ordination 

as a Priest in any Congregation or Church not under Episcopal super- yond the Con ~ 

vision, and situated beyond the jurisdiction of these Confederate federate States 

States, until he shall have received from his Standing Committee 



14 TITLE I. — Of Candid ateslrip and Ordinations. 

Canon IV. the usual testimony, founded upon sufficient evidence of the sound- 
v^""' ness in the faith, and of the pious and moral character of the 
applicant, nor until he has been examined on the studies prescribed 
by the Canons of this Church; and should any clergyman, so or- 
dained, wish thereafter to settle in any congregation of this Church, 
he must obtain a special license therefor from the Bishop, and 
officiate as a probationer for at least one year. 

Times of Or- §5. Agreeably to the practice of the Primitive Church, the 
stated times of ordination shall be on the Sundays following the 
Ember weeks. Special ordinations may be held at such other times 
as the Bishop shall appoint. 



CANON Y. 



EXAMINATIONS AND TESTIMONIALS FOR DEACONS' ORDERS AND 
ORDINATION. 

Examination. § 1. Every person hereafter to be ordained Deacon in this Church, 
shall be examined by the Bishop and two Presbyters, on Moral 
Philosophy and Rhetoric, the Holy Scriptures and the Book of 
Common Prayer, and they shall enquire into his fitness for the min- 
istrations declared in the Ordinal to appertain to the office of a 
Deacon, and be satisfied thereof. 
Period of § 2. No person shall be ordained Deacon in this Church until he 
and" Testimn? sna ^ nave remained a candidate for Holy Orders at least one year, 
nials from and until he shall exhibit to the Bishop testimonials from the 

Standing Com- a 3 . ~ . _ , _. „ . . 

mittee. (Standing Committee ol the Diocese for which he is to be ordained, 

which shall be signed by a majority of all the Committee, the 
Committee being duly convened, and which shall be in the follow- 
ing words : 

"We, whose names are hereunder written, testify that A. B. hath laid hefore 
us satisfactory testimonials, that for the space of three years last past, he 
hath lived piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not written, taught or held 
anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the Confederate States; and, moreover, we think him a person 
worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of Deacons. In witness whereof, 

we have hereunto set our hands, this day of , in the year 

of our Lord ." 



TITLE I. — Of Candidatesliip and Ordinations. 15 

§ 3. But before a Standing Committee shall proceed to recom- Canon V. 
mend any candidate, as aforesaid, to the Bishop, such candidate ^"""v"~-" / 
shall produce from the Minister and Vestry of the parish where he t0 standing- 
resides, or from the Vestry alone, if the parish be vacant; or, if Committee, 
there be no Vestry, from at least six respectable persons of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States, testimonials 
of his piety, good morals and orderly conduct, in the following 
words : 

"We, whose names are hereunder written, do testify from evidence satis- 
factory to us, that A. B., for the space of three years last past, hath lived 
piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not, so far as we know or believe, 
written, taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States; and, moreover, we 
think him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of Deacons. 

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands, this day of 

, in the year of our Lord ." 

He shall also lay before the Standing Committee testimonials Testimonials 
signed by at least one respectable Presbyter of the Protestant Epis- f'" m a Pres " 
copal Church in the Confederate States, which testimonials shall be 
in the following word^ : 

"I do certify that A. B., for the space of three years last past, hath lived 
piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not, so far as I know or believe, writ- 
ten, taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the Prot- 
estant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States ; and, moreover, I think 
him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of Deacons. This 
testimonial is founded on my personal knowledge of the said A. B. for one 
year last past, and for the residue of the said time upon evidence that is satis- 
factory to me. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, this 

day of , in the year of our Lord ." 

§ 4. But in case a candidate, from some peculiar circumstances Substitute 

not affecting his pious or moral character, shall be unable to procure es imoma s * 

testimonials from the Minister and Vestry of the parish wherein he 

resides, the Standing Committee may accept testimonials of the 

purport above stated, from at least twelve respectable members of 

the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States, and 

from at least one respectable Presbyter of the said Church, who 

has been personally acquainted with the candidate for at least one 

year. 

§ 5. Candidates who, not having Episcopal ordination, have been „ Candidates 
° ' .... . . from other de- 

acknowledged as ordained or licensed ministers in any denomination nominations. 



16 



TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations. 



Canon V. 



Candidates 
from other 
countries. 



of Christians, may, at the expiration of not less than six months 
from their admission as candidates, be ordained Deacons, on their 
passing the same examinations as other candidates for Deacons' 
Orders, and, in the examinations, special regard shall be had to 
those points in which tbe denomination whence they came differs 
from this Church, with a view of testing their information and 
soundness in the same; and, also, of ascertaining that they are 
adequately acquainted with the Liturgy and Offices of this Church : 
Provided, that in their case the testimonials shall be required to 
cover only the time since their admission as candidates for Holy 
Orders. 

§ 6. When any person, not a citizen of the Confederate States, 
who has been acknowledged as an ordained or licensed minister in 
any denomination of Christians, shall apply for Orders in this 
Church, the Bishop, to whom the application is made, shall require 
of him (in addition to the above qualifications) satisfactory evidence 
that he has resided at least one year in the Confederate States pre- 
vious to his application. 



CANON VI. 



Control of 
Deacons. 



Conditions 
of officiating. 



OF DEACONS. 

§ 1. Every Deacon shall be subject to the regulation of the 
Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, of the clerical members of the 
Standing Committee of the Diocese for which he is ordained, until 
he receive letters dimissory to the Ecclesiastical Authority of some 
other Diocese, and be thereupon received as a Clergyman of such 
other Diocese ; and he shall officiate in such places as the Bishop, 
or the said clerical members, may direct. 

§ 2. No Deacon shall be settled over a Parish or Congregation ; 
nor shall any Deacon officiate in any Parish or Congregation, without 
the express consent of the Rector for the time being, where there is 
a Rector ; nor in any case without the assent of the Bishop ; and 
when officiating in the Parish or Congregation of a Rector, he shall 
be entirely subject to the direction of such Rector in all his minis- 
trations. 



TITLE I. — Of Candidateshijj and Ordination:;. 17 

§ 3. No Deacon shall be transferred to another Diocese without Canon VI. 
the written request of the Bishop, to whose jurisdiction he is to be ^■~"v~~"' 

/, t Transfer, 

transferred. 



CANON VII. 

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD. 

$ 1. Whenever a Deacon shall determine to proceed to Priests' Deacon pro- 
Orders, he shall give to the Bishop written notice of such inten- pries^Ordcr." 
tion ; whereupon the Bishop shall record the notice in a book to be 
kept by him for this purpose, and shall appoint and direct the 
studies of the Deacon accordingly. 

§ 2. Every Deacon desiring to receive Priests' Orders shall stand Examinations 
three different examinations, at such times and places as the Bishop, (1 °* s ncs s r " 
to whom he applies for Holy Orders, shall appoint. The examina- 
tion shall take place in the presence of the Bishop and two or more 
Presbyters. The first examination shall be on the books of Scrip- First. 
ture, the candidate being required to give an account of the differ- 
ent books, to translate from the original Greek and Hebrew, and to 
explain such passages as may be proposed to him. The second Second, 
examination shall be on the evidences of Christianity and Syste- 
matic Divinity, and the last examination shall be on Church History, Last. 
Ecclesiastical Polity, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Consti- 
tution and Canons of the Church, and of the Diocese for which he 
is to be ordained. (He shall be examined also as to his knowledge 
of the Latin tongue.) At each of the forementioned examinations 
he shall produce and read a sermon or discourse, composed by him- 
self, on some passage of Scripture, previously assigned to him, 
which, together with two other sermons or discourses on some pas- 
sage or passages of Scripture selected by himself, shall be submitted 
to the criticisms of the Bishop and clergy present ; and, before his 
ordination, he shall be required to perform such exercises in read- 
ing, in the presence of the Bishop and clergy, as may enable them 
to give him such advice and instructions as may aid him in per- 
forming the services of the Church, and delivering his sermons with 
propriety and devotion. 

§ 3. When a Deacon, applying to be admitted to Priests' Orders, Dispensations 
3 



18 TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations. 

Canon VII. wishes knowledge of the Latin, Greek and Hebrew languages, and 

^ Y-— ^ other branches of learning not strictly ecclesiastical, to be dispensed 
with, the Standing Committee shall not recommend him for Priests' 
Orders until he shall have laid before them a testimonial signed by 
at least two Presbyters of this Church, stating that, in their opinion, 
he possesses extraordinary strength of natural understanding, a 
peculiar aptitude to teach, and a large share of prudence ; and the 
Bishop, with the consent of the Standing Committee, shall have 
granted the dispensation. But in regard to a knowledge of the 
Hebrew language, the Bishop shall have the sole power of dispen- 
sation. 

Where there §4. In a Diocese where there is no Bishop, the Deacon shall be 
examined by the Bishop to whom he applies for Holy Orders, and 
by two or more Presbyters appointed for that purpose by the said 
Bishop. 

Testimonials § 5. No person shall be ordained a Priest in this Church until he 
Committe'e ™ S s ^ ia ^ have exhibited to the Bishop testimonials from the Standing 
Committee of the Diocese for which he is to be ordained, which 
testimonials shall be signed with the names of a majority of all 
the Committee, the Committee being duly convened, and shall be 
in the following words : 

" We, whose names are under-written, members of the Standing Committee 

of the Dioeese of — . , do testify that the Rev'd A. B., Deacon, 

hath laid before us satisfactory testimonials, that for the space of three years 
last past, he hath lived piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not written, 
taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the Protest- 
ant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States ; and, moreover, we think 
him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of Priests. In wit- 
ness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this day of 

, in the year of our Lord ." 

Testimonials But before the Standing Committee shall proceed to recommend 

to Standing an y D eacorj; ag aforesaid, to the Bishop, such Deacon shall produce 

from the Minister and Vestry of the Parish where he resides, or, if 

the Parish be vacant, from the Vestry alone, testimonials of his 

piety, good morals and orderly conduct, in the following words : 

"We, whose names are hereunder written, do testify that the Rev'd A. B., 
Deacon, hath, for the space of three years last past, lived piously, soberly, and 
honestly, and hath not, so far as we know or believe, written, taught or held 
anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the Confederate States ; and, moreover, we think him a person 



TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations. 19 

worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of Priests. In witness whereof, we Canon VII. 

have hereunto set our hands this day of , in the *■ — Y — ' 

year of our Lord ." 

He shall also lay before the Standing Committee testimonials Testimonials 
signed by at least one respectable Presbyter of the Protestant Epis- [™ m a Pres " 
copal Church in the Confederate States, in the following form : 

" I do certify, that the Rev'd A. B., Deacon, has, for the space of three 
years last past, lived piously, soberly and honestly, and lias not, so far as I 
know or believe, written, taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or 
discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States; and, 
moreover, I think him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of 
Priests. This testimonial is founded on my personal knowledge of the said 
Rev'd A. B., Deacon, for one year last past, and for the residue of the said 
time upon evidence that is satisfactory to me. In witness whereof, I have 

hereunto set my hand this day of , in the year of 

our Lord ." 

§ C>. But in case an applicant for Priests' Orders shall, from Substitute 
peculiar circumstances, not affecting his pious or moral character, be testimonials, 
unable to procure testimonials from the Minister and Vestry of the 
Parish where he resides, or in case of there being no Vestry, the 
Standing Committee may accept testimonials of the purport above 
stated from at least twelve respectable members of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church of the Confederate States, and from at least one 
respectable Presbyter of the said Church, who has been personally 
acquainted with the candidate for at least one year. 



CANON VIII. 



OF THE ADMISSION OF MINISTERS ORDAINED BY BISHOPS NOT 
IN COMMUNION WITH THIS CHURCH. 

When a Deacon or Priest, ordained by a Bishop not in commu- Ministers or- 
nion with this Church, shall apply to a Bishop for admission into the g^ d g ^ 
same as a minister thereof, he shall produce a written certificate in communion 
from at least two Presbyters of this Church, stating that, from per- church, 
sonal knowledge of him, or satisfactory evidence laid before them, 
they believe that his desire to leave the communion to which he 
has belonged has not arisen from any circumstance unfavorable to 



20 TITLE I. — Of Candida teship and Ordination*. 

Canon VIII. his moral or religious character, or on account of which it may be 
^"~v~— "^ inexpedient to admit him to the exercise of the ministry in this 
Church ; and he shall also, not less than six months after his appli- 
cation, in the presence of the Bishop and two or more Presbyters, 
subscribe the declaration contained in Article IX. of the Constitu- 
tion ; which being done, the Bishop, being satisfied of his theologi- 
cal acquirements, may receive him as such minister. 



CANON IX. 



OF MINISTERS ORDAINED IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES BY BISHOPS 
IN COMMUNION WITH THIS CHURCH. 

Ministers or- & 1. A clergyman coming from a foreign country, and professing 
dained in for- \ . ,.,„,„•„, „ , „ . 

eign countries to have been ordained out of the Confederate States by a foreign 
by Bishops Bi s ]j p [ n communion with this Church, or by a Bishop consecrated 

in communion r J r 

with this for a foreign country by Bishops of this Church under Article XI. 

of the Constitution, or by a Missionary Bishop elected to exercise 
Episcopal functions in any place or places out of the Confederate 
States, shall, before he be permitted to officiate in any Parish or 
Certificate. Congregation, exhibit to the Minister, or, if there be no Minister, to 
the Vestry thereof, a certificate signed by the Bishop of the Diocese, 
or, if there be no Bishop, by the Standing Committee duly con- 
vened, that his letters of Holy Orders are authentic, and given by 
some Bishop in communion with this Church, and whose authority 
is acknowledged by this Church ; and, also, that he has exhibited 
to the Bishop or Standing Committee satisfactory evidence of his 
pious and moral character, and of his theological acquirements; 
and, in any case, before he shall be permitted to settle in any 
Church or Parish, or be received into union with any Diocese of 
this Church as a minister thereof, he shall produce to the Ecclesi- 
astical Authority thereof, letters dimissory under the hand and seal 
of the Bishop with whose Diocese he has been last connected; 
which letters shall be, in substance, those provided for in Section 
7 of Canon II. of Title II., and shall be delivered within six 
months from the date thereof; and when such clergyman shall have 
been so received, he shall be considered as having passed entirely 

Letters Di- „ ...... „ , ,-,. , „ , , , ,. . 

missory. from the jurisdiction of the Bishop from whom the letters dimissory 



TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations. 21 

were brought, to the full jurisdiction of the Bishop or other Eccle- Canon IX. 
siastical Authority by whom they shall have been accepted, and v "-~"v~~"~' 
become thereby subject to all the canonical provisions of this 
Church : Provided, that no such clergyman shall be so received into 
union with any Diocese until he shall have subscribed, in the pres- 
ence of the Bishop of the Diocese in which he applies for recep- 
tion, and of two or more Presbyters, the declaration contained in 
Article IX. of the Constitution ; which being done, said Bishop or 
Standing Committee, being satisfied of his theological acquirements, 
may receive him into union with this Church as a minister of the 
same : Provided, also, that such minister shall not be entitled to 
settle in any Parish or Church, as canonically in charge of the 
same, until he shall, subsequently to the acceptance of his letters 
dimissory, have resided one year in the Confederate States. 

§ 2. And if such foreign clergyman be a Deacon, he shall obtain 
in this country the requisite testimonials of character, before he be 
ordained a Priest. 



TITLE II. 

GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS 
AND THEIR DUTIES. 



CANON I. 

THE CONSENT NECESSARY FOR OFFICIATING. 

In case of § 1. No Minister shall officiate, transiently or otherwise, in a Con- 
gregation or vacant Parish, or in one the Rector or Minister of 
which is sick or absent, unless the Wardens, Vestry or Trustees of 
the Congregation are satisfied that he is at the time an Episcopally 
ordained Minister in good and regular standing. When from 
another Diocese, letters commendatory from the Ecclesiastical 
Authority thereof may be required. 
Of Lay-Read- § 2. Any Bishop may, at his discretion, license any suitable 
person to act as a lay-reader. 



CANON II. 

GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 

Election of § 1. [1.] It is hereby required that, on the election of a Minister 
Ministers. j nto an y (^h^gh or Parish, the Vestry shall deliver, or cause to be 
delivered, to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, notice of 
the same, in the following form : 

Certificate of " We, the Church Wardens, (or, in case of an Assistant Minister, we, the 

election. Rector and Church Wardens) do certify to the Rt. Rev'd, (naming Hie Bishop) 

or to the Rev'd, (naming the President of the Standing Committee) that 

(naming the person) has been duly chosen Rector (or assistant Minister, as the 

case may be,) of (naming the Parish or Clwrch.''') 

Which certificate shall be signed with the names of those who 
certify. 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 23 

[2.] If the Ecclesiastical Authority be satisfied that the person Canon II. 

so chosen is a qualified Minister of this Church, the said Ecclesi- * 

. To be re- 

astical Authority shall transmit the said certificate to the Secretary cor ded. 

of the Convention, who shall record it in a book to be kept by him 

for that purpose. 

[3.] And if the Minister be a Presbyter, the Ecclesiastical institution. 
Authority may, at the instance of the Vestry, proceed to have him 
instituted according to the Office established by this Church, if that 
Office be used in the Diocese. This provision, concerning the use 
of the Office of Institution, is not to be considered as applying to 
any Congregation destitute of a house of worship. 

§ 2. No Minister, removing from one Diocese or Missionary Dis- Certificate to 
trict to another, shall officiate as the Rector, Stated Minister, or moving f ro ^ 
Assistant Minister of any Parish or Congregation of the Diocese or one Diocese to 

another. 

District to which he removes, until he shall have obtained from the 
Ecclesiastical Authority a certificate in the words following : 

" I hereby certify that the Rev. A. B. has been canonically transferred to 
my jurisdiction, and is a Minister in regular standing." 

§ 3. The Alms and Contributions at the administration of the Almsatcom- 
Holy Communion shall be deposited with the Minister of the 
Parish, or with such Church officer as shall be appointed by him, to 
be applied by the Minister, or under his superintendence, to such 
pious and charitable uses as shall by him be thought fit. 

§ 4. [1.] It shall be the duty of Ministers to prepare young per- Duty of min- 
sons and others for the holy ordinance of Confirmation. And on confirmations. 
notice being received from the Bishop of his intention to visit any 
Church for the purpose of administering that rite, which notice 
shall be at least one month before the intended visitation, the Minis- 
ter shall give immediate notice to his parishioners, individually, as 
opportunity may offer, and also to the Congregation on the first 
occasion of public worship after the receipt of said notice. And 
he shall be ready to present for Confirmation such persons as he 
shall think properly qualified, and shall deliver to the Bishop a list 
of the names of those confirmed. 

[2.] And at every visitation the Minister and Church Wardens, About the 
or Vestry, shall lay before the Bishop, if required, the Parish congregation. 
records, and give information to him of the state of the Congrega- 
tion, under such heads as shall have been committed to them in the 
notice given as aforesaid. 



24 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon TI. [3.] And further, the Ministers and Church Wardens of such 

V "~"~ v ~~"^ Congregations as cannot be conveniently visited in any year, shall 

cesan Council Dr i Q g or send to the Bishop, at the stated meeting of the Council 

of the Diocese, information of the state of the Congregation, 

under such heads as shall have been committed to them at least one 

month before the meeting of the Council. 

Parish Regis- § 5. [1.] Every Minister of this Church shall keep a register of 

ten baptisms, confirmations, communicants, marriages and funerals, 

•within his cure, agreeably to such rules as may be provided by the 

Council of the Diocese where his cure lies; and if none such be 

provided, then in such manner as in his discretion he sball think 

best suited to the uses of such a register. 

To prove [2.] The intention of the Register of Baptisms is hereby declared 

Church-mem- j. Q j^ ag f or j] ier g 00 d uses, so especially for the proving of the 

right of the Church-membership of those who may have been 

admitted into this Church by the holy ordinance of Baptism. 

List of fami- [3.] Every Minister of this Church shall make out and continue, 

lies - as far as practicable, a list of all families and adult persons within his 

cure, which, with all other Parish records in his keeping, shall, in 

case of his removal, be entrusted to the Wardens of the Church, to 

remain for the use of his successor, to be continued by him and by 

every future Minister in the same Parish. 

Officiating of §6. [1.] No Minister belonging to this Church shall officiate, 

Ministers in g^jjgj. jjy p r g ac hing, reading prayers or otherwise, in the Parish, or 

others. within the parochial cure of another clergyman, without the consent 

of the Minister of the Parish or cure, or, in his absence, of the 

Church Wardens and Vestrymen, or Trustees of the Congregation, 

or a majority of them. 

Parish boun- [2.] All regulations respecting Parish boundaries shall be made 

daries. by Diocesan Councils. 

Neglect of [3.] If any Minister of this Church, from inability or other 
cause, fail to perform the regular services in his Congregation, and 
refuse, without good cause, his consent to any other Minister of this 
Church to officiate within his cure, the Church Wardens, Vestry- 
men or Trustees of such Congregation shall, on proof of such 
failure or refusal before the Standing Committee, or before such 
persons as may be deputed by them, or before such persons as may 
be, by the regulations of this Church in any Diocese, vested with 
the power of hearing and deciding on complaints against Clergy- 
men, have power, with the written consent of the before-mentioned 



Ministers. 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 25 

authority, to open the doors of their Church to any regular Minister Canon II. 
of this Church. ^"-—y-"— ' 

§7. [1.] A Minister of this Church removing within the juris- Clerical resi- 
diction of any Bishop or other Ecclesiastical Authority, shall, in dence - 
order to gain canonical residence within the same, present to said 
Ecclesiastical Authority a testimonial from the Ecclesiastical Au- 
thority of the Diocese or Missionary District in which he last 
resided, which testimonial shall set forth his true standing and 
character. The testimonial may be in the following words : 

"I hereby certify that A. B., who has signified to me his desire to be trans- Letters di- 
ferred to the Ecclesiastical Authority of , is a Presbyter (or Deacon) missory. 

of , in regular standing, and lias not, so far as I know or believe, 

been justly liable to evil report, for error in religion or viciousness of life, for 
three years last past." 



All such testimonials shall be called Letters Dimissory. When to 

affect canon 
cal residence. 



[2.] No such letters shall affect a Minister's canonical residence, af 



until, after having been presented according to address, they shall have 
been accepted, and notification of such acceptance given to the au- 
thority whence it proceeded. The residence of the Minister so trans- 
ferred shall date from the acceptance of his letters dimissory. If not 
presented within three months after date, they may be considered 
as void by the authority whence they proceeded ; and shall be so When void, 
considered, unless they be presented within six months. 

[3.] If a Minister, removing into another Diocese, who has been Reception, 
called to take charge of a Parish or Congregation, shall present a 
testimonial in the form aforesaid, it shall be the duty of the Eccle- 
siastical Authority of the Diocese to which he has removed, to When to be 
accept it, unless the Bishop or Standing Committee should have gran e 
heard rumors, which he or they believe to be well founded, against 
the character of the Minister concerned, and which would form a 
proper ground of canonical inquiry and presentment; in which case 
the Ecclesiastical Authority shall communicate the same to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese to whose jurisdiction the 
said Minister belongs; and, in such case, it shall not be the duty of When refused, 
the Ecclesiastical Authority to accept the testimonial unless, and 
until, the Minister shall be exculpated from the said charges. 

[4.] It shall be the duty of all Ministers, except chaplains in the Letters di- 
army and navy, and professors and officers in institutions under the not'required 611 
direction of the General Council, .to obtain and present letters 
4 



26 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon II. diniissory as above described, whenever they remove from one Dio- 
v "- ~~v~" — ' cese or Missionary District to any other Diocese or Missionary Dis- 
trict, whether Domestic or Foreign, and remain there for the space 
of six months. If, at the end of that time, any Minister, so 
removing, shall not have obtained and presented such letters, the 
Bishop of the Diocese from which he has removed shall have the 
right to transfer him by letters dimissory into the Diocese of the 
Bishop into whose jurisdiction he has removed. 

§ 8. A minister is settled for all purposes here or elsewhere men- 
tioned in these Canons, who has been engaged permanently by any 
Parish, according to the rules of said Diocese, for any term not less 
than one year. 



CANON III 

OF BISHOPS. 



Election of § 1- To entitle a Diocese to the choice of a Bishop by the Coun- 

Bishop. c ij thereof, there must be, at the time of such choice, and have 

been during the year previous, at least six officiating Presbyters 

therein, regularly settled in a Parish or Church, and qualified to 

vote for a Bishop, and six or more Parishes represented in the 

Council electing. 

Process for § 2. [1.] Whenever the Church in any Diocese shall be desirous 

consecration. of the CO r>secratiori of a Bishop elect, the Standing Committee of 

the Church in such Diocese shall, by their President, or by some 

person or persons specially appointed, communicate the desire to the 

Standing Committees of the Churches in the different Dioceses, 

together with evidence of his election, and a certified copy of the 

following testimonial : 

Testimony Testimon;/ from the Members of the Council in the Diocese from tohenct flic 

from Diocesan Person is recommended for Consecration. 

Council. 

"We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how important it is that 
the sacred office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly 
persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion, with- 
out partiality or affection, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that A. 
B. is not, so far as we are informed, justly liable to evil report, either for error 
in religion, or for viciousness in life', and that we do not know or believe there 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 27 

is any impediment, on account of which he ought not to be consecrated to Canon III. 
that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally, declare that we do, v — y~—^ 
in our conscience, believe him to be of such sufficiency in good learning, such 
soundness in the faith, and of such virtuous and pure manners, and godly 
conversation, that he is apt and meet to exercise the office of a Bishop to the 
honor of God, and the edifying of His Church, and to be a wholesome example 
to the flock of Christ." 

[2.] The evidence of the consent of the Standing Committees Testimony 

shall be in the form following : * om ,. _ th ' e 

& Standing Com- 

mittees. 
Testimony from the Sta?idmg Committee of {naming the Diocese). 

" Wc, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how important it is that 
the sacred office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly 
persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony, on this solemn occasion, with- 
out partiality or affection, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that A. 
B. is not, so far as we are informed, justly liable to evil report, either for error 
in religion, or for viciousness of life; and that we do not know or believe 
there is any impediment, on account of which he ought not to be consecrated 
to that Holy Office, but that he hath, as we believe, led his life, for three years 
last past, piously, soberly and honestly." 

[3.] And if the major number of the Standing Committees shall Consent of 
consent to the proposed consecration, the Standing Committee of the Elsll0 P s - 
Diocese concerned shall forward the evidence of such consent? 
together with other testimonials, to the Presiding Bishop of the 
House of Bishops, or, in case of his death, to the Bishop who, 
according to the rules of the House of Bishops, is to preside at the 
next General Council, who shall communicate the same to all the 
Bishops of this Church in the Confederate States; and if a majority 
of the Bishops consent to the consecration, the Presiding Bishop, 
or Bishop aforesaid, with any two Bishops, or any three Bishops to 
whom he may communicate the testimonials, may proceed to perform 
the same. 

[4.] The consecration of a Bishop shall, if practicable, take pi ace f 
place always in the Diocese of which he is the Bishop elect. consecration. 

§ 3. No man shall be consecrated a Bishop of this Church until Ar , e 
he shall be thirty years old. 

§ 4. When a Bishop of a Diocese is unable, by reason of old age, Assistant 
or other permanent cause of infirmity, to discharge his Episcopal Bishop, 
duties, one Assistant Bishop may be elected by and for the said 
Diocese, who shall, in all cases, succeed the Bishop, in case of sur- 
viving him. The Assistant Bishop shall perform such Episcopal 



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Canon III. 



No Suffragans. 



Episcopal 
visitations. 



Episcopal 
residence. 

Bishops ab- 
sent for a time, 



Forms of 
prayer and 
thanksgiving 
for extraor- 
dinary occa- 
sions. 



duties, and exercise such Episcopal authority in the Diocese, as the 
Bishop shall assign to him ; and, in case of the Bishop's inability to 
assign such duties, declared by the Council of the Diocese, the 
Assistant Bishop shall, during such inability, perform all the duties, 
and exercise all the authorities which appertain- to the office of a 
Bishop. No person shall be elected or consecrated a Suffragan 
Bishop, nor shall there be more than one Assistant Bishop in a 
Diocese at the same time. 

§ 5. [1.] Every Bishop of this Church shall visit the Churches 
within his Diocese at least once in three years, for the purpose of 
examining the state of his Church, inspecting the behavior of his 
clergy, administering the apostolic rite of confirmation, ministering 
the Word, and if he think fit, administering the Sacrament of the 
Lord's Supper to the people committed to his charge, and shall keep 
a register of all his official acts. 

[2.] No Bishop of this Church shall reside beyond the limits of 
his Diocese, unless with the consent of his Diocesan Council. 

§ 6. It shall be lawful for any Bishop of a Diocese, who is about 
to leave or has left his Diocese, with the intention of going out of 
the limits of the Confederate States, or if remaining out of his 
Diocese for the space of three calendar months, although without 
leaving v the Confederate States, to authorize, by writing under his 
hand and seal, the Assistant Bishop, or, should there be none, the 
Standing Committee of such Diocese, to act as the Ecclesiastical 
Authority thereof. The Assistant Bishop, or Standing Committee 
so authorized, shall thereupon become the Ecclesiastical Authority 
of such Diocese, to all intents and purposes, until such writing shall 
be revoked, or the Bishop shall return within the Diocese : Pro- 
vided, that nothing in this Canon shall be so construed as to pre- 
vent any Bishop, who may have signed such writing, from exercising 
his jurisdiction himself, so far as the same may be practicable, 
during his absence from his Diocese, or from permitting and author- 
izing any other Bishop to perform Episcopal offices for him. 

§ 7. The Bishop of each Diocese may compose forms of prayer 
or thanksgiving, as the case may require, for extraordinary occa- 
sions, and transmit them to each Clergyman within his Diocese, 
whose duty it shall be to use such forms in his Church on such 
occasions. And the Clergy in those States or Dioceses, or other 
places within the bounds of this Church, in which there is no 
Bishop, may use the form of prayer or thanksgiving composed by 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 



29 



the Bishop of any Diocese. The Bishop in each Diocese may also Cauon III. 
compose forms of prayer to be used before legislative and other ^—^v— •* 
public bodies. 

§ 8. Any Bishop, Assistant Bishop, or Missionary Bishop, Episcopal 
may, on the invitation of the Council or the Standing Committee dioceses, 
of any Diocese where the*re is no Bishop, or where the Bishop is, 
for the time, under a disability to perform Episcopal Offices by 
reason of a judicial sentence, visit and perform Episcopal Offices in 
that Diocese, or in any part thereof; and this invitation may be 
temporary, and it may at any time be revoked. 

§ 9. [1.] The House of Deputies may, from time to time, on Domestic 
nomination by the House of Bishops, elect a suitable person to be a Bishops. 
Bishop of this Church, to exercise Episcopal functions in States or 
Territories not organized into Dioceses. The evidence of such , Mode * nd 
election shall be a certificate, to be subscribed by a constitutional election, 
majority of said House of Deputies, in the form required by 
vj 2 of this Canon to be given by the members of Diocesan 
Councils, on the recommendation of Bishops elect for consecration, 
which certificate shall be produced to the House of Bishops ; and 
if the House of Bishops shall consent to the consecration, they 
may take order for that purpose. 

[2.] The Bishop so elected and consecrated shall exercise Epis- Jurisdiction. 
copal functions in such States and Territories, in conformity with 
the Constitution and Canons of this Church, and under such regu- 
lations and instructions, not inconsistent therewith, as the House of 
Bishops may prescribe ; and the House of Bishops may at any time 
increase or diminish the number of States or Territories over which 
the said Bishop or Bishops shall exercise Episcopal functions. 

[3.] In case of the death or resignation of a Missionary Bishop, Vacancy, 
or of vacancy by other cause, the charge of the vacant Missionary 
Episcopate shall, until another Bishop be elected and consecrated, 
devolve on the senior Bishop of this Church, with the power of 
appointing some other Bishop as his substitute in said charge. 

[4.] The jurisdiction of this Church extending in right, though Discipline, 
not always in form, to all persons belonging to it within the Con- 
federate States and Territories, it is hereby enacted, that each 
Missionary Bishop shall have jurisdiction over the clergy in the 
district assigned him, and may, in case a presentment and trial of a 
clergyman become proper, request the action of any Presbyters and 
Standing Committee, in any Diocese sufficiently near, and the pre- 



30 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon III. sentinent and trial shall be according to the Constitution and Canons 

^- — y— ^ f said Diocese. Or, if there be such a Standing Committee ap- 
pointed by the Missionary Bishop as is hereinafter provided for, the 
clerical members thereof may make presentment, and the trial shall 
take place according to the Constitution and Canons of any Diocese 
of this Church which may have been selected at the time of the 
appointment of such Standing Committee : Provided, that the 
Court shall be composed of at least three Presbyters, excluding the 
members of the Standing Committee and the accused. 

Seat in House [5.] Any Bishop or Bishops elected and consecrated under this 
ops. Section shall be entitled to a seat in the House of Bishops, and 
shall be eligible to the office of Diocesan Bishop in any organized 
Eligible as Diocese within the Confederate States. And whenever a Diocese 
Diocesan. shall have been organized within the jurisdiction of such Missionary 
Bishop, if he shall be chosen Bishop of such Diocese, he may 
accept the office, and shall thereby vacate his missionary appoint- 
ment: Provided, that he continue to discharge the duties of Mis- 
sionary Bishop within the residue of his original jurisdiction, if 
there be such residue. 

May appoint [0.] Every such Bishop may yearly appoint two Presbyters, and 

Standing Com- ^ WQ L a y men communicants of this Church, resident within his 

mittee. •> 

missionary jurisdiction, to perform the duties of a Standing Com- 
mittee for such jurisdiction: Provided, that no Standing Committee 
constituted under this Section shall have power to give or refuse 
assent to the consecration of a Bishop. 
Report to [7.] Every such Bishop shall report to each General Council 

General Coun- j^ ffi c i a j ac t s an( j ^g s t a t e and condition of the Church in said 

Cll. 

States and Territories of the Confederate States. 
Foreign § 10. [1.] The House of Deputies may, from time to time, on 

Bishops. nomination by the House of Bishops, elect a suitable person to be a 

Bishop of this Church, to exercise Episcopal functions in any mis- 
sionary station of this Church out of the Territory of the Confed- 
erate States, which the House of Bishops, with the concurrence of 
the House of Deputies, may have designated. The evidence of 
Evidence of such election shall be a certificate, to be subscribed by a constitu- 
election. tional majority of said House of Deputies, expressing their assent 

to the said nomination, which certificate shall be produced to the 
House of Bishops ; and if the House of Bishops shall consent to 
the consecration, they may take order for that purpose. 
Jurisdiction. [2.] Any Bishop elected and consecrated under this Section, or 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of 3£nisters. 31 

any foreign Missionary Bishop heretofore consecrated to exercise Canon III. 

Episcopal functions in any place or country which may have been Y 

thus designated, shall have no jurisdiction, except in the place or 

country for which he has been elected and consecrated. He shall 

be entitled to a seat, but not a vote, in the House of Bishops. He 

shall not become a Diocesan Bishop in any organized Diocese within 

the Confederate States, unless with the consent of three-fourths of 

all the Bishops entitled to seats in the House of Bishops, and also 

with the consent of the Standing Committees of three-fourths of 

the Dioceses. 

[3.] Any Bishop consecrated under this Section, or any Foreign Mode of try- 
Missionary Bishop heretofore consecrated, shall, on presentment by 
two-thirds of the Missionaries under his charge, for immorality or 
heresy, or for a violation of the Constitution or Canons of this 
Church, be tried, and, if found guilty, sentenced, in all particulars 
as if he were actually resident within the limits of the Confederate 
States, except that the trial may be within any Diocese in the Con- 
federate States. 

[4.] Any Bishop elected and consecrated under this Section, or May ordain, 
any Foreign Missionary Bishop heretofore consecrated, may ordain 
as Deacons or Presbyters, to officiate within the limits of his Mis- 
sion, any persons of the age required by the Canons of this Church, 
who shall exhibit to him the testimonials required bv Canons V. and Testimonial? 

for Orders. 

VII. of Title I., signed by not less than two of the ordained Mis- 
sionaries of this Church who may be subject to his charge: Pro- 
vided, nevertheless, that if there be only one ordained Missionary 
attached to the Mission, and capable of acting at the time, the sig- 
nature of a Presbyter, under the jurisdiction of any Bishop in 
communion with this Church, in good standing, may be admitted to 
supply the deficiency. 

[5.] Any Foreign Missionary Bishop consecrated under this Dispensation. 
Section, or heretofore consecrated, may, by and with the advice of 
two Presbyters, one of whom, if necessity require, shall be a Pres- 
byter in good standing under the jurisdiction of any Bishop in 
communion with this Church, dispense with those studies required 
from a candidate for Deacons' Orders by the Canons of this Church: 
J'rovided, no person shall be ordained by him who has not passed a Provisos, 
satisfactory examination, in the presence of two Presbyters, as to his 
theological learning and aptitude to teach : And provided, further, 
that no person shall be ordained by him until he shall have been a 



32 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 



Canon III. 



Restrictions. 



Standing 
Committee. 



Trials. 



candidate for at least three years. Nor shall any Deacon or Priest, 
who shall have been ordained under this Section, be allowed to hold 
any cure, or officiate in the Church in these Confederate States, 
until he shall have complied with existing Canons, relating to the 
learning of persons to be ordained. 
Jurisdiction [6.] Any Foreign Missionary Bishop elected and consecrated 
clerffvmen un( ^ er tn * s Section, or any Foreign Missionary Bishop heretofore 
consecrated, shall have jurisdiction and government according to the 
Canons of this Church over all Missionaries or Clergymen of this 
Church, resident in the district or country for which he may have 
been consecrated. 

[7.] Every such Bishop may yearly appoint not less than two, nor 
more than five Presbyters, resident within his missionary jurisdic- 
tion, to act as a Standing Committee in such missionary jurisdiction, 
upon all questions pertaining to the interests of such missionary 
jurisdiction; and, in case of the absence of the Bishop from his 
jurisdiction, or of a vacancy in the Episcopate, said Standing Com- 
mittee shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of such missionary 
jurisdiction. 

[8.] If any Minister of this Church, acting under a Foreign Mis- 
sionary appointment, and within the jurisdiction of a Foreign 
Missionary Bishop of this Church, shall commit any offence for 
which Ministers may be tried and punished, or shall refuse obe- 
dience to the lawful authority of the Missionary Bishop, such 
Clergyman shall be proceeded against according to the Constitution 
and Canons of any Diocese in this Church, which may have been 
selected at the time of the appointment of the Standing Committee 
of such missionary jurisdiction : Provided, that a presentment shall 
first be made by the members of said Standing Committee, or, if 
thr accused party be a member of the Standing Committee, by the 
other member or members thereof. 

[9.] The Court for the trial of such Minister shall consist of five 
Presbyters, excluding the members of the Standing Committee; or, 
if there be not five, then of all the members of such missionary 
jurisdiction. If there be more than five, then shall the Standing 
Committee select, by lot, the five who shall compose the Court, 
which Court shall proceed in the trial, according to the Canons of 
the General Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the 
Confederate States, so far as the same may be applicable to such a 
case; and where no provision is made adequate to the exigency, the 



The Court. 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 33 

Court shall consider and adjudge the ease according to the princi- Canon III. 
pies of law and equity. v^-^ 

[10.] The sentence of the Court shall be rendered to the Bishop Sentence, 
of such missionary jurisdiction, who shall have power to revise and 
modify the same, and the decision of the Bishop shall be final and 
conclusive. 

[11.] Every Bishop elected and consecrated under this Section, Report to 
or Foreign Missionary Bishop heretofore consecrated, shall report to General 0°un- 
each General Council his official acts, and the state of the Mission 
under his supervision. 

§ 11. [1.] When a Diocese, entitled to the choice of a Bishop, Election 

shall elect as its Diocesan a Missionary Bishop of this Church, the bishop ^as^a 
Standing Committee of the Diocese electing shall give duly certified Diocesan, 
evidence of the election to every Bishop of this Church, and to the 
Standing Committee of every Diocese. On receiving notice of 
the concurrence of a majority of the Bishops and of the Stand- 
ing Committees in the election, and their express consent thereto 
the Standing Committee of the Diocese concerned shall transmit 
notice thereof to every Bishop of this Church, and to the Standing 
Committee of each vacant Diocese, which notice shall state what 
Bishops and what Standing Committees have consented to the elec- 
tion. And the same Committee shall transmit to every Congre- 
gation in the Diocese concerned, to be publicly read therein, a notice 
of the election to the Episcopate thereof of the Bishop thus elected, 
and also cause public notice thereof to be given in such other way 
as they may think proper. 

[2.] A Diocese without a Bishop, or of which the Bishop is for Diocese with- 
the time under a disability by reason of a judicial sentence, may, pj^jj B undc? 
by its Council, be placed under the full Episcopal charge and charge of an- 
authority of the Bishop of another Diocese, or of a Missionary ° 
Bishop, who shall by that act be authorized to perform all the duties 
and offices of the Bishop of the Diocese so vacant or having the 
Bishop disabled; until, in the case of a vacant Diocese, a Bishop be 
duly elected and consecrated for the same; and, in the case of a 
Diocese whose Bishop is disqualified as aforesaid, until the disquali- 
fication be removed; or until, in either case, the said act of the 
Council be revoked. 

[3.] No Diocese thus placed under the full charge and authority Bishop to offi- 
of the Bishop of another Diocese, or a Missionary Bishop, shall c ^? ^^ 
invite a second Bishop to perform any Episcopal duty, or exercise charge. 



o4 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon III. authority, till its connection with the first Bishop has expired or is 

v>— v - "' revoked. 

Episcopal re- s 12. [l."| If durino- the session of the General Council, or 

signations. ....,, . . „ , . „ . - ., 

within six calendar months before the meeting of any such Council, 

a Bishop shall desire to resign his jurisdiction, he shall make known 

in writing to the House of Bishops such his desire, together with 

the reasons moving him thereto ; whereupon the House of Bishops 

Investigation, may investigate the whole case of the proposed resignation, includ- 
ing not only the facts and reasons that may be set forth in the 
application for the proposed resignation, but any other facts and 
circumstances bearing upon it, so that the whole subject of the pro- 
priety or necessity of such resignation may be placed fully before 
the House of Bishops. 
House of [2.] An investigation having thus been made, the House of 

ccpt or refuse. Bishops may decide on the application ; and, by the vote of a ma- 
jority of those present, accept or refuse to accept such resignation; 
and, in all cases of a proposed resignation, the Bishops shall cause 
their proceedings to be recorded on their journal; and, in case of 
acceptance, the resignation shall be complete when thus recorded; 
and notice thereof shall be given to the House of Deputies. 
Resignation r3.~i j n case a Bishop should desire to resign at any period not 

(Itiriiiir recess 

of General within six calendar months before the meeting of a General Council, 
Council. k e s ] ia u ma k e known to the Presiding Bishop such his desire, with 

the reasons moving him thereunto; whereupon the Presiding 
Bishop shall communicate, without delay, a copy of the same to 
every Bishop of this Church having ecclesiastical jurisdiction, and 
also to the Standing Committee of the Diocese to which the Bishop 
desiring to resign may belong; and, at the same time, summon said 
Bishops to Bishops to meet him in person, at a place to be by him designated, 
and at a time not less than three calendar months from the date of 
his summons; and, should a number not less than a majority of all 
the said Bishops meet at the time and place designated, they shall 
then have all the powers given by the previous clauses of this Sec- 
tion to the House of Bishops; and, should a number less than a 
majority assemble, they shall have power to adjourn from time to 
time, until they can secure the attendance of a majority of all the 
said Bishops. Should a proposed resignation of a Bishop be ac- 
cepted at any meeting of the Bishops for that purpose held during 
a recess, then the senior Bishop present shall pronounce such resig- 
Notice. nation complete, and communicate the same to the Ecclesiastical 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Mi ,ti*t< is. 35 

Authority of each Diocese, who shall cause the same to be commu- Canon III. 

nicated to the several Clergymen in charge of Congregations therein. Y 

And it shall be the further duty of the Presiding Bishop to cause 

such resignation to be formally recorded on the journal of the House Record. 

of Bishops that may meet in General Council next thereafter. If 

the Bishop desirous of resigning should be the Presiding Bishop, if Presiding 

then all the duties directed in this Section to be performed by the Blsh °P- 

Presiding Bishop shall devolve upon the Bishop next in seniority. 

[4.] No Bishop whose resignation of the Episcopal jurisdiction Resigned 

of a Diocese has been consummated pursuant to this Section, shall to P ni fe ae 
be eligible to any Diocese now in union, or which may hereafter be under what re 
admitted into union, with this Church, unless with the consent of 
three-fourths of all the Bishops entitled to seats in the House of 
Bishops, and, also, of three-fourths of the Deputies present at the 
session of the General Council, or, in the recess of the General 
Council, with the consent of the Standing Committees of three- 
fourths of the Dioceses; but he may perform Episcopal acts at the 
request of any Bishop of this Church within the limits of his 

Diocese. . Bishops with- 

[5.] A Bishop, who ceases to have charge of a Diocese, shall still out charge 
be subject in all matters to the Canons and authority of the General (j enera i coun- 
Council. . Cl1 - 

[6.] In case a suspended Bishop of this Church should desire to Resignation 
resign at any period not within six calendar months before the meet- Bis^o" 811611 
ing of a General Council, he shall make known by letter to the 
Presiding Bishop such desire; whereupon the Presiding Bishop 
shall communicate a copy of the same to each Bishop of this Church 
having jurisdiction; and, in case a majority of such Bishops shall 
return to the Presiding Bishop their written assent to such resig- 
nation, the same shall be deemed valid and final; and written infor- 
mation of the said resignation shall at once be communicated by Notice, 
the Presiding Bishop to the Bishop and Diocese concerned, and to 
each Bishop of this Church. And it shall be the further duty of 
the Presiding Bishop to cause such resignation to be formally re- 
corded on the journal of the House of Bishops that may meet in ecor ' 
General Council next thereafter. 



36 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon IV. 

1 — v— ' CANON IY. 

OF A LIST OF THE MINISTERS OF THIS CHURCH. 

Secretary of § l- The Secretary of the House of Deputies shall keep a regis- 
House of De- ter of all the Clergy of this Church, whose names shall be delivered 
puties to keep .-in n • 1 • mi -n 1 • • i 

a Register. to him. m the following manner, that is to say: Ihe Ecclesiastical 

Authority of this Church, in each Diocese, shall, at the time of 
each General Council, deliver to the said Secretary a list of the 
names of all the Ministers of this Church in their proper Dioceses, 
annexing the names of their respective cures, or of their stations in 
any Colleges or other Seminaries of Learning ; or, in regard to those 
who have not any cures or other stations, their places of residence 
only; and the said list shall, from time to time, be published in the 
journals of the General Council. 
Admission of § ^- And, further, it is recommended to the several Bishops of 
Ministers to be this Church, and to the several Standing Committees, that, during 
the intervals between the meetings of the General Council, they 
take such means of making known the admission of Ministers 
among them, as, in their discretion, respectively, they shall think 
effectual to the purpose of preventing ignorant and unwary people 
from being imposed on by persons pretending to be authorized Min- 
isters of this Church. 



CANON V. 



ports. 



OF THE MODE OF SECURING AN ACCURATE VIEW OF THE STATE 
OF THE CHURCH. 

Statement in § ■"-• As a ^" u ^ an( ^ accurate y i ew 0I> the state of the Church, from 
Parochial Re- time to time, is highly useful and necessary, it is hereby ordered 
that every Minister of this Church, or if the Parish be vacant, the 
Wardens, shall deliver, on or before the first day of every Diocesan 
Council, to the Bishop of the Diocese, or where there is no Bishop, to 
the President of the Council, a statement of the number of baptisms, 
confirmations, marriages and funerals, and of the number of commu- 
nicants in his Parish or Church, also the state and condition of the 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 37 

Sunday Schools in his Parish, also of the amount of the Commu- Canon V. 

nion alms, the contributions for Missions, diocesan, domestic and v~~^ 

foreign, for parochial schools, for Church purposes in general, and 

of all other matters that may -throw light on the state of the same. 

And every Clergyman, not regularly settled in any Parish or Church, Clergymen 

shall also report the occasional services he may have performed ; and, report services. 

if he have performed no such services, the causes or reasons which 

have prevented the same. And these reports, or such parts of them 

as the Bishop shall think fit, may be read in Council, and shall be 

entered on the journals thereof. 

§ 2. At every annual Diocesan Council, the Bishop shall deliver Bishop's Ad- 
an address, stating the affairs of the Diocese since the last meeting ss " 
of the Council; the names of the Churches which he has visited; 
the number of persons confirmed; the names of those who have 
been received as candidates for Orders, and of those who have been 
ordained, suspended, or degraded; the changes by death, removal, 
or otherwise, which have taken place among the Clergy; and, in 
general, all matters tending to throw light on the affairs of the 
Diocese; which address shall be inserted on the journals. 

§ 3. At every General Council, the journals of the different Dio- Committco 
cesan Councils since the last General Council, together with such °? ^ Bta j® of 
other papers as may tend to throw light on the state of the Church 
in each Diocese, viz : Episcopal charges, addresses and pastoral let- 
ters, shall be presented to the House of Deputies. A Committee 
shall then be appointed to draw up a view of the state of the 
Church, and to make report to the House of Deputies; which 
report, when agreed to by the said House, shall be sent to the 
House of Bishops, with a request that they will prepare and publish 
a Pastoral Letter to the members of the Church. When any such Pastoral Let- 
letter is published, every Clergyman having a Pastoral charge shall ter * 
read it to his Congregation on some occasion of public worship. 

§ 4. The Secretary of the Council of every Diocese, or the per- Duty of Dio- 
son or persons with whom the journals or other ecclesiastical papers c . csan Secreta_ 
are lodged, shall forward to the House of Deputies, at every Gene- 
ral Council, the documents and papers specified in this Canon. 

§ 5. The Bishop and Standing Committee of the Church in Condensed 
every Diocese, or, if there be no Bishop, the Standing Committee ca^Diocese 111 
only, shall prepare, previously to the meeting of every General 
Council, a condensed report, and a tabular view of the state of the 



38 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon V. Cliurch in their Diocese, comprising therein a summary of the sta- 
Y tistics from the parochial reports, and from the Bishop's addresses, 

specifying the capital and proceeds of the Episcopal fund, and of all 
benevolent and missionary associations of Churchmen within the 
Diocese, for the purpose of aiding the Committee on the state of 
the Church, appointed by the House of Deputies, in drafting their 
reports. 



CANON VI. 



OF THE MODE OF PUBLISHING AUTHORIZED EDITIONS OF THE 
STANDARD BIBLE OF THIS CHURCH. 

Editions of The Ecclesiastical Authority in each Diocese of this Church 

the Bible to be i n ■ , n ,• , ,- •■ ii 

corrected by sua ^ appoint, from time to time, some suitable person or persons, to 

the Standard, compare and correct all new editions of the Bible by the standard 

edition agreed upon by the General Council, and a certificate of 

their having been so compared and corrected shall be published 

with said book. 



CANON VII. 

OF PUBLISHING EDITIONS OF THE BOOK B OF COMMON PRAYER. 

Correct Edi- The Ecclesiastical Authority of this Church, in each Diocese, 
Prayer-Book. shall appoint one or more Presbyters of the Diocese, who shall com- 
pare and correct every new edition of the Common Prayer-Book, 
the Articles, Offices, Metre Psalms and Hymns, by a copy of the 
standard edition ; and a certificate that said edition has been so com- 
pared and corrected, shall be published with the same. And in 
case any edition shall be published without such correction, it shall 
be the duty of the said Ecclesiastical Authority to give public 
notice that such edition is not authorized by the Cliurch. 



TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 39 

Canon VIII. 

CANON VIII. "--> — ' 

OF PAROCHIAL INSTRUCTION. 

The Ministers of this Church who have charge of parishes or Parochial in- 
cures, shall not only be diligent in instructing the children in the structl0n - 
Catechism, but shall, also, by stated catechetical lectures and in- 
struction, be diligent in informing the youth and others in the Doc- 
trine, Constitution and Liturgy of the Church. 



Discretion 



CANON IX. 

ON THE USE OF THE COOK OF COMMON FRAYER. 

§ 1. (1.) Every Minister shall, before all sermons and lectures, Uso enjoined. 
and on all other occasions of public worship, use the Book of Com- 
mon Prayer, as the same is, or may be, established by the authority 
of the General Council of this Church ; and in performing such 
service, no other prayers shall be used than those prescribed by the 
said Book. But any Diocese, by a vote of a majority of both 
Clergy and Laity in its Council, may, with the consent of its allowed. 
Bishop, permit that — 

1st. Ministers may, at their discretion, use separately the office 
for Morning Prayer, and that, where a third service is to be held? 
the Litany or the Ante-communion office, or both, may be used in 
the afternoon ; the Order for Evening Prayer being reserved for said 
third service. 

2dly. The Order for Holy Communion, in its entircness, may, 
with a sermon, be used separately: provided, nevertheless, that on 
the greater Festivals it be preceded by the office for Morning or 
Evening Prayer. 

3dly. On occasions of services other than regular Morning and 
Evening Prayer in established Congregations, Ministers may, at ' 
their disci-ction, use such parts of the Book of Common Prayer, 



40 TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers. 

Canon IX. and such Lessons, as shall, in their judgment, tend most to edifi- 

^"""""v" — ' cation. 

Special ser- § 2. The Bishops of the several Dioceses may provide such 
vices. special services as, in their judgment, shall he required by the pe- 

culiar spiritual necessities of any class or portion of the population 
within said Dioceses. 



TITLE III. 
OF DISCIPLINE 



CANON I. 

OF AMENABILITY AND OFFENCES FOR WHICH A MINISTER MAT 
BE TRIED AND PUNISHED. 

§ 1. Every Minister shall be amenable for offences committed by To whom 
bim to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in which he is Ministers ame- 

J nable. 

canonically resident at the time of the charge. 

§ 2. Every Minister shall be liable to presentment and trial, for Punishable 
any crime or gross immorality, for disorderly conduct, for drunken- ° ence£ 
ness, for profane swearing, for frequenting places most liable to be 
abused to licentiousness, and for violation of the Constitution or 
Canons of this Church, or of the Diocese to which he belongs; and, 
on being found guilty, he shall be admonished, suspended, or de- 
graded, according to the Canons of the Diocese in which the trial 
takes place, until otherwise provided for by the General Council. 

§ 3. A Clergyman who presents a person to the Bishop for Holy Liability of 
Orders, as specified in the office for Ordination, without having good sen ti D g. 
grounds to believe that the requisitions of the Canons have been 
complied with, shall be liable to Ecclesiastical censure. 

§ 4. If a Minister of this Church shall be accused, by public Proceedings 
rumour, of discontinuing all exercise of the ministerial office without ™ ^ 
lawful cause, or of living in the habitual disuse of public worship 
or of the Holy Eucharist according to the offices of this Church, or 
of being guilty of scandalous, immoral or disorderly conduct, or of 
violating the Canons, or preaching or inculcating heretical doctrine, 
it shall be the duty of the Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, of the 
Clerical members of the Standing Committee, to see that an inquiry 
be instituted as to the truth of such public rumour. And in case of 
the individual being proceeded against and convicted according to 
6 



42 TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 

Canon I. such rules or process as may be provided by the Councils of the 
V """""V~"'' respective Dioceses, he shall be admonished, suspended or degraded, 
as the nature of the case may require, in conformity with their 
respective Constitutions and Canons. 



CANON II. 



OP A CLERGYMAN IN ONE DIOCESE OR MISSIONARY DISTRICT 
CHARGEABLE WITH MISDEMEANOR IN ANOTHER. 

Offence com- § 1- If a Clergyman of this Church, belonging to any Diocese or 
mi l ted . ™. a Missionary District, shall, in any other Diocese or Missionary Dis- 

different Dio- J J J 

cese. trict, conduct himself in such f a way as is contrary to the rules of 

this Church, and disgraceful to his office, the Ecclesiastical Author- 
ity thereof shall give notice of the same to the Ecclesiastical 
Authority where he is canonically resident, exhibiting, with the 
information given, reasonable ground for presuming its correctness. 
If the Ecclesiastical Authority, when thus informed, shall omit, for 
the space of three months, to proceed against the offending Clergy- 
man, the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese or Missionary 
District, within which the alleged offence or offences were committed, 
may institute proceedings, and the decision given shall be con- 
clusive. 
Bishop may § 2. If a Clergyman shall come temporarily into any Diocese, 

a moms , c. unt j er ^ e imputation of having elsewhere been guilty of any crime 
or misdemeanor, by violation of the Canons or otherwise, or if any 
Clergyman, while sojourning in any Diocese, shall misbehave in any 
of these respects, the Bishop, upon probable cause, may admonish 
such Clergyman, and forbid him to officiate in said Diocese. And 
if, after such prohibition, the said Clergyman so officiate, the Bishop 
shall give notice to all the Clergy and Congregations in said Diocese, 
that the officiating of the said Clergyman is, under any and all cir- 
cumstances, prohibited; and like notice shall be given to the Eccle- 
siastical Authority of the Diocese to which the said Clergyman 
belongs. And such prohibition shall continue in force, until the 
Bishop of the first named Diocese be satisfied of the innocence of 
the said Clergyman, or until he be acquitted on trial. 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 43 

§ 3. The provisions of the last Section shall apply to Clergymen Canon II. 

ordained in foreign countries by Bishops in communion with this ' Y 

, . . P , i -i • • i 11 Case of Cler- 

Church: Provided, that in such case notice ot the prohibition shall gymen ordain- 

be given to the Bishop under whose jurisdiction the Clergyman ^ u l n n tri g S ° reign 

shall appear to have last been, and also to all the Bishops exercising 

jurisdiction in this Church. 



CANON III. 

OF RENUNCIATION OF THE MINISTRY. 

§ 1. If any Minister of this Church, against whom there is no Where no 
Ecclesiastical proceeding instituted, shall declare, in writing, to the proceeding is 
Ecclesiastical Authority to which he belongs, his renunciation of 
the Ministry, and his design not to officiate in future in any of the 
offices thereof, said Ecclesiastical Authority shall record the decla- 
ration so made. The Bishop shall then depose him from the Min- 
istry, and pronounce and record in the presence of two or more 
Clergymen, that the person so declaring has been deposed from the 
Ministry of this Church; and if there be no Bishop in such Diocese, 
the same sentence may be pronounced by the Bishop of any other 
Diocese invited by the Standing Committee to attend for that 
purpose. 

§ 2. If the Ecclesiastical Authority, to whom such declaration Suspension 
renouncing the Ministry is made, shall have reason to believe that 
the person has acted unadvisedly and hastily, all action thereupon 
may be forborne for the space of not more than six months, during 
which time the person may withdraw his application. 

§ 3. If the Bishop shall have ground to suppose the person to be Where lia- 
liable to presentment for any canonical offence, he may, in his dis- ^ ^,,,5° pre " 
cretion, and with the consent of the Standing Committee, proceed 
to have the applicant put upon his trial, notwithstanding his having 
made the aforesaid declaration; and the same discretion is allowed 
to the Standing Committee, in case the Diocese should be without 
a Bishop. 



44 



Canon III. 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 

§ 4. In the case of deposition from the Ministry, as above pro- 
vided for, the Bishop shall give notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical 



position. " Authority of every Diocese of this Church. 



CANON IV. 



OF THE ABANDONMENT OF THE COMMUNION OF THIS CHURCH 
BY A PRESBYTER OR DEACON. 

Abandon- § 1- If any Presbyter or Deacon shall, without availing himself 

ment without f the provisions of Canon III. of this Title, abandon the Com- 
renunciation. . „ , . __ , . , . .. n -i i 

munion ot this Church, either by an open renunciation of the doc- 
trine, discipline, and worship of this Church, or by a formal 
admission into any religious body not in communion with the same, 
it shall be the duty of the Standing Committee of the Diocese to 
make certificate of the fact to the Bishop of the Diocese, or, if 
there be no Bishop, to the Bishop of an adjacent Diocese; which 
certificate shall be recorded, and shall be taken and deemed by the 
Ecclesiastical Authority as equivalent to a renunciation of the Min- 
istry by the Minister himself. Notice shall then be given to the 
said Minister, by the said Bishop receiving the certificate, that unless 
he shall, within six months after being notified, make declaration 
that the facts alleged in said certificate are false, he will be deposed 
from the Ministry of this Church. 

§ 2. And if such declaration be not made within six months as 
aforesaid, the Bishop shall depose said Minister from the Ministry, 
and pronounce and record, in the presence of two or more Pres- 
byters, that he has been so deposed. 

Provided, nevertheless, that if the Minister so renouncing shall 
transmit to the Bishop receiving the certificate, a retraction of the 
acts or declarations constituting his offence, the Bishop may, at his 
discretion, abstain from any further proceedings. 



Certificate. 



Notice. 



Deposition. 



Proviso. 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 45 

Canon V. 

CANON V. * — v—' 

OF A CLERGYMAN ABSENTING HIMSELF FROM HIS DIOCESE. 

When a Clergyman has been absent from the Diocese to which May be sus- 
he belongs, during two years, without reasons satisfactory to the P ended - 
Bishop thereof, he shall be required by the Bishop to declare the 
cause or causes thereof in writing; and if he refuse to give his 
reasons, or if they be deemed insufficient by the Bishop, the Bishop 
may, with the advice and consent of the Clerical Members of the 
Standing Committee, suspend him from the Ministry; which sus- How long, 
pension shall continue until he shall give, in writing, sufficient 
reasons for his absence, or until he shall renew his residence in his 
Diocese, or until he shall renounce the Ministry according to Canon 
III. of this Title. In the case of such suspension as above pro- N ot j ce to be 
vided for, the Bishop shall give notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical given. 
Authority of every Diocese of this Church. 



CANON YI. 



OF THE ABANDONMENT OF THE COMMUNION OF THE CHURCH 
BY A BISHOP. 

If any Bishop, without availing himself of the provisions of Abandon- 
§ 1 of Canon III. of Title II., abandon the Communion of this men * of S om ' 

mumon by a 

Church, either by openly renouncing the doctrine, discipline and Bishop, 
worship of this Church, or by formally uniting himself with any 
religious body not in communion with the same, the Standing Com- 
mittee of the Diocese shall make certificate of the fact to the senior 
Bishop, which certificate shall be recorded, and shall be taken and 
deemed as equivalent to a renunciation of the Ministry by the 
Bishop himself. 

Notice shall then be given to said Bishop by the senior Bishop Notice to be 
receiving the certificate, that unless he shall, within six months given, 
after being notified, make declaration that the facts alleged in said 
certificate are false, he will be deposed from the Ministry of this 
Church. 



46 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 



Canon VI. 



Deposition. 



Proviso. 



And if such declaration be not made within six months as afore- 
said, the senior Bishop, with the consent of the majority of the 
House of Bishops, shall depose from the Ministry the Bishop so 
certified as abandoning, and shall pronounce and record, in the 
presence of two or more Bishops, that he has been so deposed. 

Provided, nevertheless, that if the Bishop so certified as aban- 
doning, shall transmit to the senior Bishop a retraction of the acts 
or declarations constituting his offence, the Bishop may, at his dis- 
cretion, abstain from any further proceedings. 



CANON VII. 



Charges in 
writing. 



OF THE TRIAL OF A BISHOr. 

Offences for § 1. Any Bishop of this Church may be presented for trial on 

which may he c h ar2:es f or the following offences, viz: (1.) Crime or inimoralitv. 
tried. n . . . 

(2.) Holding and teaching publicly, or privately and advisedly, any 

doctrine contrary to that held by the Protestant Episcopal Church 

in the Confederate States. (3.) Violation of the Constitution or 

Canons of the General Council. (4.) Violation of the Constitution 

or Canons of the Diocese to which he belongs. (5.) Any act 

which involves a breach of his Ordination or Consecration vows. 

§ 2. (1.) The proceedings shall commence by charges in writing; 
and, except when the charge is holding and teaching doctrine con- 
trary to that held by this Church, shall be signed by either 

Five male Communicants of this Church, in good standing, be- 
longing to the Diocese of the accused, of whom two at least must 
be Presbyters; or, 

By seven male Communicants of this Church, in good standing 
of whom two at least shall be Presbyters, and three of which seven 
shall belong to the Diocese of the accused. 
Action on [2.] Whenever a Bishop of this Church shall have reason to 
rumours. believe that there are in circulation rumours, reports, or charges 

affecting his moral or religious character, he may, if he please, 
acting in conformity with the written advice and consent of any two 
of his brother Bishops whom he may select, demand of the Presid- 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 47 

ing Bishop of the House of Bishops, or if he be the Bishop affected Canon VII. 
by such rumours, or if he be related to him within the degrees here- ^""""v"""'^ 
inafter mentioned, then to the Bishop next in seniority not so 
related, to convene a Board of Inquiry in the mode hereinafter set 
forth, to investigate such rumours, reports, and charges, and to pro- 
ceed, in all respects, according to the provisions of this Canon, as if 
charges had been formally made in either of the two modes first 
mentioned in this section. 

[3.] Whenever charges are formally made in either of the modes Lay Advocate, 
first above mentioned, the accusers may, if they choose, select a 
Lay Communicant of this Church, of the profession of the law, to 
act as their adviser, advocate and agent, in preparing the accusation, 
proofs, etc., until such time as a Board of Inquiry is convened in 
such manner as is hereinafter provided for; or they may prepare 

such charges themselves, without regard to anv particular form; Charges to 

, . . , , , „ . , r. t • i be certified, 

and, in either case, the grounds ot accusation must be set forth with 

reasonable certainty of time, place and circumstance. 

§ 3. The charges, having been prepared in either of the modes To whom de- 
first above mentioned, shall then be delivered to the Presiding Uvero(1 - 
Bishop of this Church, if he be not the accused, nor related to the 
accused in any degree mentioned hereinafter in this Canon; in 
either of which cases, the charges shall be delivered to the next 
Bishop in seniority not so related. 

^ 4. A Board for making a preliminary inquiry into charges thus Board of In- 
preferred, shall be constituted as follows, whenever such Board shall c l uirv ' 
be necessary, viz : 

[1.] The Presiding Bishop, or senior Bishop, as the case may be, How consti- 
to whom such charges are delivered, shall take the list of Deputies 
to the last General Council that was held before such charges were 
presented, and from that list shall choose by lot two Presbyters and 
two Laymen from the deputation of the Diocese of the accused, and 
two Presbyters and two Laymen from each of the respective depu- 
tations of the three Dioceses adjoining that of the accused; and if 
there be not three adjoining, of the three nearest thereto; and if 
more than three Dioceses adjoin that of the accused, those three 
that have the largest number of canonically-resident Presbyters in 
them shall be accounted adjoining, for the purposes of this Canon; 
and the sixteen individuals thus selected by lot shall constitute the 
Board of Inquiry, a majority of whom shall form a quorum for 
doin»- business. 



48 TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 

Canon VII. [2.] The Presiding Bishop, or next in seniority as the case may 

**- v— "^ be, immediately after thus selecting by lot the Board of Inquiry, 

Notice to shall give notice thereof to each member of said Board, and direct 

him to attend at a time and place designated by him, and organize 

the Board; and it shall be the duty of each member so to attend. 

Place of The place must be within the Diocese of the accused. The Pre- 

Meeting. . -,->. 

siding Bishop shall, at the same time, send a copy of the charges 

charges. to the senior Presbyter of those thus selected by lot from the four 

Dioceses. 

Organization [3.] On assembling, the Board shall organize by choosing from 
among themselves a President and Secretary, and shall also appoint 
a Church Advocate, who must be a Lay Communicant of this 
Church, and of the profession of the law, and who thenceforward 
shall, in all stages of the proceedings, if a trial be ordered, repre- 
sent the Church, and be the party on the one hand, while the ac- 

Sittings pri- cused is the party on the other. The sittings of the Board shall be 
private; the Church Advocate shall not attend as prosecuting 
counsel, but shall be at all times at hand and in readiness to give 
his advice in all questions submitted to him by the Board. 

Duty of the [4.] In conducting the investigation, the Board shall hear the 
accusations and such proof as the accusers may produce, and shall 
determine whether, upon matters of law and of fact, as presented to 
them, there is sufficient ground to put the accused Bishop upon his 
trial; and in such investigation, as well as in all cases of trial by an 
Ecclesiastical Court now authorized, or hereafter to be authorized, 
by the Constitution or Canons of the General Council, the laws of 
the State in which such investigation or trial is had, so far as they 

Law of evi- relate to the law of evidence, shall be adopted and taken as the 
rules by which the said Board or Court shall be governed. If a 
majority of the Board present on such investigation shall be of 
opinion that there are sufficient grounds to put the accused Bishop 
upon his trial, they shall direct the Church Advocate to prepare a 

Presentment, presentment, to be signed by such of the Board as agree thereto; 
and to that end, shall place in his hands all the charges, together 
with the testimony that has been laid before the Board. 

To whom to [5-] The Board shall then direct the Church Advocate to trans- 
be sent. m ^ t thg Bi s hop from whom they received the charges, the pre- 
sentment thus signed; and shall cause him also, without delay, to 
send to the accused Bishop a copy of the same, certified by the 
Church Advocate to be correct. 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 49 

[6.] If a majority of the Board present shall be of opinion that Canon VII. 
there is not sufficient ground to put the accused Bishop upon his v *"" ~v-~"^ 
trial, in such case, the charges, together with a certificate of the presen t. 
President of the Board of its refusal to make a presentment, shall 
be sent to the Secretary of the House of Bishops, to be deposited 
among the archives of that House. And no proceedings shall Bar to future 
thereafter be had by way of presentment on such charges, except P resen men ■ 
upon the affidavit of a respectable Communicant of the Church, of Exception. 
the discovery of new testimony as to the facts charged, and setting 
forth what such testimony is. 

[7.] No presentment shall be found in any case, unless the alleged Limitation 
offence shall have been committed within five years next before the 
day on which the charges were delivered to the Presiding or senior 
Bishop. But if the accused shall have been convicted of the 
alleged offence in a State court, notwithstanding five years may Conviction 
have elapsed since its commission, a presentment may be founded }? t a Stato 
on charges delivered to the Presiding or senior Bishop at any time 
within one year after such conviction. 

§ 5. [1.] When a presentment has been made by the Board of Notice to ac- 
Inquiry, or a majority thereof, to the Bishop from whom they re- segment! ^ 
ceived the charges, it shall be the duty of such Bishop forthwith to 
give to the accused written notice to attend, at some place not more 
than one hundred miles from the place of residence of the accused 
Bishop, and at some time not less than twenty days after the time 
of serving such notice, either personally, or by some agent author- 
ized by him in writing to act for him in the premises, for the pur- 
pose of selecting the Bishops who shall form the Court for the trial 
of the said accused Bishop upon the said presentment. He shall And to 

also give notice to the Church Advocate of the time and place ap- cat e* C 
pointed for such selection. 

[2.] At the time and place appointed in the notices, the Bishop Formation of 
who has given the notices shall attend; and, in the presence of the 
accused Bishop, or of his agent authorized as aforesaid, and also in 
the presence of the Church Advocate, or of such person or persons 
as may attend in his behalf, or, if no person shall attend on behalf 
of one or both, of two Presbyters named by himself, the said Bishop 
shall cause to be placed in a vessel the names of all the Bishops of 
this Church entitled to seats in the House of Bishops, then being 
within the territory of the Confederate States, except the accused 
and those Bishops who may be related to him either by consan- 
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50 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 



drawn. 



five. 



Notice 
Members 
Court. 



Time. 



Place. 



to 
of 



Canon VII. guinity or affinity, in the direct ascending or descending line, or as 
^"~^s~—' brother, uncle, or nephew. He shall then cause seven of the said 
Seven to be names to be drawn. The names so drawn shall be entered upon a 
list as they are drawn, and the accused or his agent may strike off 
the list one name, and the said Church Advocate or his agent an- 
other name, and so as to reduce the number to five. If it shall 
happen that either party shall neglect or refuse to strike, then the 
Reduced to Bishop who has given the notices shall reduce the number to five, 
by striking off so many of the last drawn names as will reduce the 
list to that number. The five Bishops whose names remain, or a 
majority of them, when assembled, shall constitute the Court for 
the trial of the accused upon the presentment. 

[8.] The Court having been thus constituted, the Bishop to whom 
the presentment was made shall immediately communicate to each 
Bishop who has thus been by lot designated as one of the triers, the 
fact that he is a member of the Court. He shall also appoint a time 
and place for the assembling of the Court. The time shall not be 
less than two nor more than six calendar months from the day on 
which the notice should arrive at the most distant Diocese, in the 
ordinary course of the public mail. The place shall be within the 
Diocese or Missionary field of the accused Bishop, unless where the 
same may be of such difficult access, in the judgment of the Pre- 
siding or senior Bishop, that reasonable convenience may require 
the appointment of another location. And the said senior Bishop 
Certified Co- shall cause the Church Advocate to send certified copies of the said 
pies " presentment to all the Bishops who constitute the Court. 

[4.] The Bishop to whom the presentment has been made shall 
Summons to a l so immediately communicate to the accused the names of the mem- 
accused, kgj-g f t ]j e (Jourt^ anc i inform him of the time and place appointed 
for its meeting, and summon him then and there to appear and 
answer. He or any other Bishop of this Church having charge of 
a Diocese, shall have power, until the Court assembles, upon the 
And to wit- application of either the Church Advocate or the accused, to issue 
nesses. a summons f or witnesses. 

of § 6. The Bishops who constitute the Court, or a majority of them, 
having assembled according to the notice given them, which notice 
it is hereby made their duty to obey, shall proceed as follows, viz : 
President [!•] They shall elect a President out of their own number, and 
appoint a Presbyter of the Church as Clerk, and if necessary, 
another Presbyter as Assistant Clerk; and when thus organized, the 



Course 
proceeding, 



and Clerk. 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 51 

President shall direct the Clerk to call the names of the Church Canon VII. 

Advocate and the accused; and if both appear, he shall then cause v " - ""~v ' 

the Clerk to read the presentment which was delivered to the Pre- Reading of 
siding or senior Bishop, whose duty it is hereby made to deliver the P resentment - 
same to the Court upon its organization. 

[2.] The accused shall then be called upon by the Court to say Call to plead, 
whether he is guilty or not guilty of the offence or offences charged 
against him, and his plea shall be duly recorded; and on his neglect 
or refusal to plead, the plea of not guilty shall be entered for him, 
and the trial shall proceed: Provided, that, for sufficient cause, the Provisos. 
Court may adjourn from time to time; and Provided also, that the 
accused shall, at all times during the trial, have liberty to be pres- 
ent, and in due time and order produce his testimony, and to make 
his defence. 

[3.] If the accused neglect or refuse to appear in person, accord- Non-Appear- 
ing to the notice served on him as aforesaid, except for some reason- ance ' 
able cause to be allowed by the Court, they shall proceed to 
pronounce him in contumacy, and notify him that sentence of Contumacy, 
suspension or degradation will be pronounced against him by the 
Court at the expiration of three months, unless within that time he Three months' 
tender himself ready, and accordingly appear to take his trial on the £ race - 
presentment. But if the accused shall not tender himself before 
the expiration of the said three months, sentence of suspension or 
degradation from the Ministry may be pronounced against him by 
the Court. 

[4.] The accused being present, and the trial proceeding, it shall Common Law 
be conducted according to the principles of the Common Law, as ceding. Pr ° 
the same are generally. administered in the Confederate States; nor • 
shall any testimony be received at the trial, except from witnesses 
who have signed a declaration in the following words, to be read 
aloud before the witness testifies, and to be filed with the records of 
the Court: 

"A. B., a witness summoned to testify on the trial of a presentment against Declaration 

the Right Rev. , a Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the of witness. 

Confederate States, now pending, do most solemnly call God to witness that 
the evidence I am about to give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and 
nothing but the truth; so help me God!" 

And if it be necessary to take the testimony of an absent witness Deposition, 
on a commission, such testimony shall be preceded by a similar 



52 TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 

Canon VII. written declaration of the witness, which shall be filed and trans- 
ls """~v—" / mitted with his or her deposition to the Court. The testimony of 
each witness shall be reduced to writing. And in case there is 
ground to suppose that the attendance of any witness on the trial 
cannot be obtained, it shall be lawful for either party to apply to the 
Court if in session, or if not, to any member thereof, who shall 
Commissary, thereupon appoint a commissary to take the deposition of such wit- 
ness; and such party so desiring to take the deposition, shall give to 
the other party reasonable notice of the time and place of taking 
such deposition, accompanying such notice with the interrogatories 
to be propounded to the witness; whereupon it shall be lawful for 
the other party, within six days after such notice, to propound 
Cross-Exami- cross-interrogatories ; and such interrogatories and cross-interroga- 
nation. tories, if any be propounded, shall be sent to the commissary, who 

shall thereupon proceed to take the testimony of such witness, upon 
oath or affirmation, and transmit it under seal to the Court. But no 
On what deposition shall be read at the trial, unless the Court have reason- 
positions to be a kle assurance that the attendance of the witness cannot be pro- 
read. cured, or unless both parties shall consent that it may be read. 

Proviso. Provided, that in any Diocese in which the civil government has 
authorized the Ecclesiastical Courts thereinto issue summons for 
witnesses, or to administer an oath, the Court shall act in conformity 
to such laws. 
Service of [5.] All notices and papers may be served by a summoner or 
papers 3 ^ summoners, to be appointed by the Court when the same is in 
session, or by a member thereof; and the certificate of any such 
summoner shall be evidence of the due service of a notice or paper. 
, In case of service by any other person, the fact may be proved by 
Certificate of the affidavit of such person. The delivery of a written notice or 
service. paper to the accused party, or to the Church Advocate, or leaving 

it, or a copy thereof, at the residence, or last known residence, of 
either, shall be deemed sufficient service of such notice or paper, on 
the Church Advocate and accused respectively. If the person to 
be served with any notice or paper shall have left the Confederate 
States, it shall be a sufficient service thereof to leave a copy of such 
notice or paper at his last place of abode within the Confederate 
States, sixty days before the day on which the appearance, or other 
act required by the said notice or paper, is to be performed. 
Accused may [6.] The accused party may, if he think proper, have the aid of 
counsel; and if he should choose to have more than one counsel, 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 53 

the Church Advocate may have assistant advocates, to he named by Canon VII. 

the accusers; but in every case the Court may regulate the number ^~"v~~— -^ 

of counsel who shall address the Court or examine witnesses. The 

Church Advocate shall be considered the party on one side, and the _ , . 

r J Counsel to 

accused on the other. All counsel must be Communicants of the be Communi- 
Church. cants - 

[7.] The Court, having fully heard the allegations and proofs of Opinion of 
the parties, and deliberately considered the same, after the parties our ' 
have withdrawn, shall declare respectively, whether, in their opinion, 
the accused is guilty or not guilty of each particular charge and 
specifications contained in the presentment, in the order in which 
they are set forth ; and the accused shall be considered as not guilty 
of every charge and specification of which he shall not be pro- 
nounced guilty by a majority of the members of the Court. 

[8.] The decision of the Court as to all the charges and specifi- Decision, 
cations of which a majority of the members of the Court have found 
him guilty, shall be reduced to writing, and signed by those who 
assent to it; and a decision pronouncing him not guilty of all those 
charges and specifications of which a majority shall not have pro- 
nounced him guilty, shall also be drawn up, and signed by those 
who assent to it; and the decision thus signed shall be regarded as 
the judgment of the Court, and shall be pronounced in the pres- 
ence of the parties, if they shall think proper to attend. 

[9.] If the accused shall be found guilty of any charge or speci- Accused to 
fication, the Court shall proceed to ask him whether he has anything 
to say before the sentence is passed, and may, in their discretion, 
give him time to prepare what he wishes to say, and appoint a time 
for passing the sentence; and before passing sentence, the Court 
may adjourn from time to time, and give the accused reasonable 
opportunity of showing cause to induce a belief that justice has not 
been done, or that he has discovered new testimony; and the Court, New trial, 
or a majority of its members, may, according to a sound discretion, 
grant him a new trial. Before passing sentence, the accused shall 
always have the opportunity of being heard, if he have aught to 
say in excuse or palliation. 

[10.] The accused having been heard, or not desiring to be heard, Sentence. 
the sentence of the Court shall then be pronounced, and shall be 
cither admonition, suspension as defined by the existing Canons of 
this Church, or degradation, as the offence or offences adjudged to 
be proved shall seem to deserve. It shall be the duty of the Court, 



54 TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 

Canon VII. whenever sentence has been pronounced, whether it he upon a trial, 

^~~y~ ""* or for contumacy, to communicate such sentence to the Ecclesiasti- 

Sentence to cal Authority of every Diocese of this Church; and it shall be the 
cated. " duty of such Authority to cause such sentence to be made known to 

every Clergyman under his jurisdiction. 

Record. [H-] Every Court shall keep a full record of its proceedings, in- 

cluding the whole evidence given before it. Should any Court 
refuse to insert in its record a statement of any testimony which has 
been received, or of any decision which the Court has made, or of 
any fact which has occurred in Court, or any paper which either 
party has produced, it shall be the right of either party to file an 

Exceptions, exception in writing, containing a statement of such evidence, de- 
cision or fact, or referring to or describing such paper, which paper 
shall also be filed with the exception. All exceptions and papers 
so filed shall become parts of the record. 
How kept [12.] Such records shall be kept by the Clerk, and inserted in a 
an a es ec . j^g^ ^ jj e attested by the signatures of the President and Clerk. 
Every such book, and all papers connected with any trial, shall be 
deposited with the Registrar of the General Council. Such books 
and papers shall be open to the inspection of every member of this 
Church. 

Lay advisers. P-3.] Every Court, constituted under the authority of this Canon, 
may be attended by one or more Lay advisers, who shall be Com- 
municants of this Church, and of the profession of the law. Such 
advisers may be present at all the proceedings of the Court, but 
they shall have no vote in any case whatever; it shall be their duty 
to give in person to the Court an opinion on any question not theo- 
logical, upon which the Court, or any member thereof, or either 
party, shall desire an opinion. If a dispute shall arise whether any 
question be or be not theological, it shall be decided by the Court 
by a majority of votes. The Court may always, by unanimous con- 
sent, appoint an adviser or advisers. If they are not unanimous, 
each member of the Court may name a candidate ; if not more than 
three are named, they all shall be advisers; if more than three are 
named, the Court shall reduce them to three by lot. 

Presentment § 7. [1.] Any Bishop of this Church may be presented for 

for erroneous holding; and teaching doctrine inconsistent with that of this Church, 

doctrine. o ° 

by any Bishop in communion with this Church, and not under sus- 
pension or degradation. No Bishop shall be presented in any other 
mode for this offence ; and it shall not be lawful for two or more 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 



55 



To whom ad- 
dressed. 



Court. 



Number to 
convict. 



persons to unite in any such presentment. The Bishop making Canon VII. 
such presentment shall appoint a Church Advocate. v *" v"—' 

[2.] Every presentment for alleged erroneous doctrine shall be 
signed by the person making it, and shall be addressed to the 
Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate 
States, and delivered to the senior Bishop entitled to a seat in the 
House of Bishops, and not being the accused or the accuser, whose 
duty it shall be to convene a Court for the trial of the accused. 
The Court shall be composed of all the Bishops entitled to seats in 
the House of Bishops, except the accuser and the accused. Three- 
fourths of such Bishops shall constitute a quorum; but the consent 
of two-thirds of all the Bishops entitled to seats in the House of 
Bishops shall be necessary to a conviction. 

§ 8. [1.] If charges be preferred against a Missionary Bishop, Charges 

who is not a Diocesan, such Missionary Bishop shall be required by a » ai , ns * . ? Ils " 
\ •/ x i j sion ry Bishop. 

the Presiding or senior Bishop to name some one of the three 
Dioceses nearest to his District or Missionary field; and such selec- 
tion having been made, the proceedings shall then be precisely such 
as, under this Canon, they would be were he the Diocesan of the 
Diocese named by him. Should the Missionary Bishop refuse to 
name a Diocese, then the Presiding Bishop may name any one of 
the three above designated, aud the effect shall be the same as if 
the nomination had been made by the accused Missionary Bishop. 

[2.] If charges be preferred against a Bishop having no jurisdic- Bishop with- 
tion, he shall be proceeded against precisely as if he were the ^ J unsdlc - 
Diocesau of the Diocese in which he has his civil residence. 



CANON VIII. 



OF SENTENCES. 

§ 1. Whenever the penalty of suspension shall be inflicted on a Suspension. 
Bishop, Priest or Deacon in this Church, the sentence shall specify 
on what terms, or at what time, said penalty shall cease. 

§ 2. [1.] When any Minister is degraded from the Holy Minis- Degradation, 
try, he is degraded therefrom entirely, aud not from a higher to a 
lower Order of the same. Deposition, displacing, and all like ex- 



56 TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 



Canon IX. pressions, arc the same as degradation. No degraded Minister shall 
^"~"v~~^ be restored to the Ministry. 

[2.] Whenever a Clergyman shall be degraded, the Bishop who 
gradation ° *~ pronounces sentence shall, without delay, give notice thereof to 
every Minister and Vestry in the Diocese. 



CANON IX. 

OF THE REMISSION OR MODIFICATION OF JUDICIAL SENTENCES. 

Remission. The Bishops of this Church, who are entitled to seats in the 
House of Bishops, may altogether remit and terminate any judicial 
sentence which may have been imposed, or may hereafter be im- 
posed, by Bishops acting collectively as a judicial tribunal; or 
Modification, modify the same so far as to designate a precise period of time, or 
other specific contingency, on the occurrence of which such sen- 
tence shall utterly cease, and be of no further force or effect. 
Provided, that no such remission or modification shall be made 
except at a meeting of the House of Bishops, during the session of 
At General some General Council, or at a special meeting of the said Bishops, 
Council, or w j 1 j c j 1 g^jj j^ conY ened by the Presiding Bishop on the application 
ing. of any five Bishops; three months' notice, in writing, of the time, 

place and object of the meeting, being given personally to each 
Bishop, or left at his usual place of abode. Provided, also, that 
Majority as- sucn remission or modification be assented to by a number of said 
sen ting. Bishops not less than a majority of the whole number entitled at 

the time to seats in the House of Bishops; and provided, that 
nothing herein shall be construed to repeal or alter Canon VIII. of 
this Title. 



CANON X. 

REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE LAITY. 

Removal § 1. A Communicant removing from one Parish to another, shall 
cants. procure from the Rector (if any) of the Parish of his last residence, 



TITLE III.— Of Discipline. 57 

or, if there be no Rector, from one of the Wardens, a certificate Canon X. 
stating that he or she is a Communicant in good standing; and the y - 

Rector of the Parish or Congregation to which he or she removes 
shall not be required to receive him or her as a Communicant until 
such letter be produced. 

§ 2. As one of the rubrics of this Church requires that every Bishop to be 
Minister repelling from the Communion shall give an account of the informed, 
same to the Ordinary, it is hereby provided, that, information of the 
same being laid before the Ordinary, that is the Bishop, it shall not 
be his duty to institute an inquiry, unless there be a complaint made 
to him in writing by the repelled party. But on receiving com- 
plaint, the Bishop shall institute an inquiry, as may be directed by inquiry on 
the Canons of the Diocese in which the event has taken place; and com P laint - 
the notice, given as above by the Minister, shall be a sufiicient pre- 
sentation of the party repelled. 



TITLE IV. 

OF THE ORGANIZED BODIES AND OFFI- 
CERS OF THE CHURCH. 



CANON I. 

OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL. 

Special meet- § 1. [1.] The right of calling special meetings of the General 
Council shall be in the Bishops. This right shall be exercised by 
the Presiding Bishop, or, in case of his death, by the Bishop who, 
according to the rules of the House of Bishops, is to preside at the 
next General Council: Provided, that the summons shall be with 
the consent, or on the requisition, of a majority of the Bishops, 
expressed to him in writing. 

Place. [2.] The place of holding any Special Council shall be that se- 

lected by the preceding General Council for the meeting of the 
General Council, unless circumstances shall render a meeting at such 
a place unsafe; in which case, the Presiding Bishop may appoint 
some other place. 

Same Depu- [3.] The Deputies elected to the preceding General Council shall 
be the Deputies at such Special Council, unless in those cases in 
which other Deputies shall have been chosen in the mean time by 
any of the Diocesan Councils, and then such other Deputies shall 
represent in the Special Council the Church of the Diocese in 
which they have been chosen. 

Registrar. § 2. [1.] The journals, files, papers, reports and other docu- 

ments, which, under Canon V. of Title II., entitled Of Securing 
an Accurate View of the State of the Church, or in any other man- 
ner, shall become the property of either House of the General 
Council of this Church, shall be committed to the keeping of a 
Presbyter to be elected by the House of Deputies, upon nomination 
of the House of Bishops, who shall be known as the Registrar of 
the General Council. 

His duties. [2.] It shall be the duty of the said Registrar to procure all such 



ties. 



TITLE IV.— Of the Organized Bodies and Officers. 59 

journals, files, papers, reports and other documents now in exist- Canon I. 
ence; to arrange, label, file, index and otherwise put in order, and -y—^ 

provide for the safe keeping of, the same, and all such others as may 
hereafter come into his possession, in fire-proof box or boxes, in 
some safe and accessible place of deposit, and to hold the same 
under such regulations and restrictions as the General Council may 
from time to time provide. 

[3.] It shall be the duty of the said Registrar to procure a Record of 
proper book of record, and to enter therein a record of the conse- consccratlons - 
crations of all the Bishops of this Church, designating accurately 
the time and place of the same, with the names of the consecrating 
Bishops, and of others present and assisting; to have the same 
authenticated in the fullest manner now practicable; and to take 
care for the similar record and authentication of all future consecra- 
tions in this Church. 

[4.] The expenses necessary for the purposes contemplated by Expends, 
this Section shall be provided for by vote of the General Council, 
and defrayed by the Treasurer of the same. 

§ 3. The Secretary of the House of Deputies, whenever any Notice 

alteration of the Constitution is proposed, or any other subject sub- ^ Diocesan 
mitted to the consideration of the several Diocesan Councils, shall 
give a particular notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical Authority of 
this Church in every Diocese. 

§ 4. At every triennial meeting of the General Council, a Treasurer, 
Treasurer shall be chosen, who shall remain in office until the next bl3 duties - 
stated Council, and until a successor be appointed. It shall be his 
duty to receive and disburse all moneys collected under the authority 
of the Council, and of which the collection and disbursement shall 
not otherwise be regulated; and to invest, from time to time, for the 
benefit of the Council, such surplus funds as he may have on hand. 
His account shall be rendered triennially to the Council, and shall 
be examined by a Committee acting under its authority. In case of 
a vacancy in the office of Treasurer, it shall be supplied by an ap- Vacancy, 
pointment to be made by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Dio- jjjj w d tu bo 
cese to which he belonged; and the person so appointed shall 
continue to act until an appointment be made by the Council. 

§ 5. In order that the contingent expenses of the General Council Expenses of 
may be defrayed, the several Diocesan Councils shall forward to the c ^ nera oun " 
Treasurer of the General Council, at or before any meeting thereof, 
two dollars for each Clergyman within such Diocese. 



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TITLE TV. — Of the Organized Bodies and Officers. 



Canon II. 



CANON ' II. 



OF STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Duties. § 1. In every Diocese there shall be a Standing Committee, to be 

appointed by the Council thereof, whose duties, except so far as 
provided for by the Canons of the General Council, may be pre- 
scribed by the Canons of the respective Dioceses. They shall elect 
Officers. -from their own body a President and a Secretary. They may meet 
on their own adjournment from time to time; and the President 
shall have power to summon special meetings whenever he shall 
deem it necessary. 

§ 2. In every Diocese where there is a Bishop, the Standing- 
Council of Committee shall be a Council of Advice to the Bishop. They shall 
be summoned on the requisition of the Bishop, whenever he shall 
wish for their advice. And they may meet of their own accord, 
and agreeably to their own rules, when they may be disposed to 
advise the Bishop. 



CANON III. 



OF CONGREGATIONS AND PARISHES. 

No union WJtereas a question may arise whether a Congregation within 
another 111 DicT ^ ie Diocese 0I * lin J Bishop, or within any Diocese in which there is 
cese. not yet any Bishop settled, may unite themselves with the Church 

in any other Diocese, it is hereby determined and declared, that all 
such unions shall be considered as irregular and void; and that 
every. Congregation of this Church shall be considered as belonging 
to the body of the Church of the Diocese within the limits of 
which they dwell, or within which there is a Church-building to 
which they belong. And no Clergyman, having a Parish or Cure 
in more than one Diocese, shall have a seat in the Council of any 
Diocese other than that in which he resides. 



TITLE V. 
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS. 



CANON I. 

OF REPEALED CANONS. 

Whenever there shall be a repealing clause in any Canon, and Repeal of 
the said Canon shall be repealed, such repeal shall not be a re- "P 6 ^ 1 not re " 
enactment of the Canon or Canons repealed by the said repealing 
clause. 



CANON II. 



OF THE REPEAL, AMENDMENT AND ENACTMENT OF NEW 

CANONS. 

In all cases of future enactment, the same, if by way of amend- Form of al- 
ment of an existing provision, shall be in the following form : tenu S anons. 

"Canon (or Section of Canon , or Clause of 

Section of Canon ) of Title , is hereby amended so 

as to read as follows:" And if the enactment is of an additional 
Clause, Section or Canon, it shall be designated as the next Canon, 
or next Section, or next Clause, of a Canon, or Section, in the order 
of numbering, of the Title to which the subject properly belongs; 
and if a Canon or Section or Clause be stricken out, the existing 
numbering shall be retained, until a new edition of the Canons be 
directed. 

The Committee on Canons of each House of the General Council Changes to 
shall, at the close of each Session of the General Council, appoint Jj,^ ' ° y 
two of their number to certify the changes, if any, made in the 
Canons, and to report the same, with the proper arrangement 
thereof, to the Secretary, who shall print the same in the Journal. 



ORDER 

OP THE 

SECRETARY OF THE HOUSE OF DEPUTIES. 



Section I. — A Secretary shall be chosen at every General Council, 
by ballot, by a majority of the voters, after viva voce nominations. If 
but one person is nominated, the balloting shall be dispensed with. 
The Secretary shall continue in office until the meeting of the next 
General Council, and until his successor is chosen. He shall attend at 
the time and place appointed for the meeting of the General Council ; 
shall receive the testimonials of those who shall there attend as mem- 
bers of the House of Deputies ; shall record the names of those who 
present testimonials ; and when such list is made, shall take the votes 
of those named in it for a President. The insertion, by the Secretary, 
in the list so made by him, of the name of any person who has pre- 
sented a testimonial of his appointment as a Deputy, shall be prima 
facie evidence of the right of such person to a seat ; but as soon as the 
House is duty organized, a Committee on Elections shall be appointed, 
to whom the testimonials of all those claiming to be members shall be 
referred. 

The Secretary shall keep full minutes of the proceedings of the House ; 
transcribe them with all Reports into a book provided for that purpose ; 
preserve the Journal and Eecords of the House ; deliver them to hi 3 
successor, and perform such other duties as may be directed or assigned 
to him by the House. He may, with the approbation of the House, 
appoint an Assistant Secretary. If, during the recess of the General 
Council, a vacancy should occur in the office of Secretary, the duties 
thereof shall devolve upon the Assistant Secretary, if there be one ; if 
not, or if the Assistant Secretary shall die or resign, a Secretary shall 
be appointed by the Standing Committee of the Diocese in which the 
next General Council is to meet. 

Section II. — In order to aid the Secretary in preparing the list speci- 
fied in the preceding section, it shall be the duty of the Secretary of the 
Council of every Diocese, to forward to him, as soon as may be prac- 
ticable, a copy of the Journal of the Diocesan Council, together with a 
certified copy of the testimonials of members aforesaid.